Superintendent’s Message
It is the mission of our schools to provide quality instruction for our students in a safe and secure environment. We take this responsibility seriously and continuously strive to prepare ourselves to respond to our environment.

Annually we review our crisis management plans to ensure that we are prepared for a variety of emerging situations. District personnel are in contact with local, state and national law enforcement and emergency management officials on a regular basis. This allows us to stay abreast of issues that impact the safety of our children and staff.

Our electronic newsletter, the eLOOK has been very successful in getting information to homes and offices in a timely manner when there is important information to convey. It is our hope that every household in FISD will sign up for the free newsletter and enjoy receiving the frequent news as well as emergency information in their email. The eLOOK joins our website in offering two immediate ways to receive news.

FISD officials maintain a constant watch on changing weather conditions. During hurricane season, the administration stays in contact with emergency management and other city officials and stand ready to take the necessary actions for the dismissal of school and the immediate return of students to their homes if and when such circumstances warrant. The District works closely with the City’s Emergency Management Department to prepare for severe weather. Occasionally, the threat of severe weather makes it necessary to dismiss school earlier than usual in order for buses and cars to be able to travel the normal routes.

Announcements regarding inclement weather and possible dismissal will be made on our website, in our electronic newsletter, and on area radio and television stations. Please listen to the City of Friendswood Information Radio (1650 AM), KTRH (740) and KPRC (950 AM) and watch TV Stations KTRK (13), KPRC-TV (2), KHOU-TV (11), and KRIV (Fox 26), local network affiliated TV stations for announcements concerning the dismissal or cancellation of school or the time when classes will be resumed if such dismissal or cancellation becomes necessary.

Inappropriate Comments
It is not uncommon for schools across the nation to encounter challenges of students making inappropriate comments perceived as threatening the safety of others. We have not received any threats involving specific individuals or groups. In the event such threats are made, it is FISD’s practice to immediately contact any individual and parents of students who may be threatened in any manner.
FISD works closely with local police and when students make such remarks, they are immediately removed from the campus. However, Friendswood Independent School District is precluded by law from commenting publicly on specific student disciplinary matters. Additional police presence is also employed during such incidents.

Please remember that, in the case of a shelter-in-place order, our doors will remain closed and no one will be allowed in or out. This includes parents and staff. Students would be released only after clearance is received from law enforcement or emergency management officials.

AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)
Friendswood has an AED on each campus. The support staff office which houses maintenance, transportation, and custodial employees also has one.  The district intends to purchase more so that Westwood and Bales will each have one. The Junior High and High School each have two on their campuses.
Once again, I want to thank you for your cooperation in providing a comforting and encouraging climate for your child. We will honor our promise to keep you informed as situations arise. It is our privilege to provide enriching experiences and confident surroundings for your student.

Trish Hanks

Friendswood ISD
District Safety Action Plan Overview

Monthly Meeting with City Personnel

Police, Emergency Management, Fire Marshall, City Manager, City Engineer

Annual Active Shooter Trainings by FPD

All Campus and Central Office Administration

Safety Audits completed every 2 years

2012-2013 – Windsong, Junior High, Annex, Support Services, Admin.

2013-2014 – FHS, Bales-Westwood, Cline

Annual Tabletop / Live Exercises w/ City Departments

2008-2009 – FHS Active Shooter

2010-2011 – Large Event Exercises at each campus

2011-2012 – Propane Tank Explosion

2012-2013 – FJH Active Shooter (spring 2013)

Crisis Management Plan

Crisis management plan provided and explained to all personnel

Crisis plans reviewed at faculty & department meetings

Raptor Ware at every campus – predator identification

SRO at Jr. High and High School

Background checks for all employees, subs, etc. (Fingerprinting and Texas Safe Schools Data Base)

Security Cameras

High School (73), Junior High (60), Ag Barn(9)

After Hour Security Monitoring – Motion Detectors

All Campuses and Departments

Single entrance at all campuses

Controlled entrance doors @ Cline, Westwood, High School

Required Safety Committees

District (Representatives from each campus, Central office, Community)– Quarterly meetings

Campus- Monthly / Bimonthly

Departments – Annual


Monthly safety meetings

Annual 15 hour training on safety – intruder

Random unannounced use of canines for detecting drugs and weapons

Campus radios

All Administrators / Directors certified in NIMS

(National Incident Management System)

Traffic control by FPD at each campus morning and afternoon

Emergency Operation Plan (updated yearly)

All drills

Situation plans – fire, tornado, lockdown, shelter in place, intruder, large event, kidnapping / apprehension,

Contact info. – local, state, city

Alternate release plans


Emergency Operations Plans are released via CD to FPD
Constant Contact / Situational Awareness with following:
Chief Bob Weiners – FPD Lieutenant Patrol Division Commander Doug Lauserdorf
Character Education Programs
Safe School Ambassadors

Public Health Advisory: Galveston County Health District is responsible for maintaining the Public Health Information Network (PHIN) within Galveston County. For more information please contact Dr. Dana Beckham at (409) 938-2322 or [email protected]