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We believe students learn best in a safe and secure environment. McKinney ISD has received national attention for its comprehensive crisis response plan. The level of collaboration between McKinney ISD and local law enforcement and emergency agencies is unique. We believe this partnership is imperative in preventing and responding to potential incidents.
This commitment to safety is also evidenced by campus security “buzz-in” systems and campus visitor registry systems that run checks against local, state, and national sex offender databases. Furthermore, each campus is required to practice (unannounced) lock-down drills and other precautionary exercises such as fire drills and tornado drills. These safety exercises are always performed in a positive and non-threatening manner. In addition, McKinney P.D. School Resource Officers (SRO’s) are assigned district-wide. We believe that these security measures, along with support from staff and parents, are the reason our schools have earned a reputation for being safe and positive learning environments.
Press Elementary has also implemented a Bullying Safety Plan. In addition to instruction on bullying by each classroom teacher, our counselor, Mrs. Washa, presents lessons in every class to help prevent bullying, and to let students know what to do if they are victims of bullying. We have an action plan in place for victims of bullying, assuring safety for victims.
Colored, laminated safety cards are located in each classroom, listing clear, concise procedures to follow in the event of an emergency. Covered are: Fire Drill Procedures, Lock Down Procedures, and Tornado Safety Procedures.