A main focus the past several years for Red Oak ISD has been to provide the safest possible learning environment for its students, according to a press release from the district, which notes ROISD’s safe school committee includes faculty representatives from each campus, administrators, a school board member, local police and fire chiefs as well as members of the district’s police department.

The committee decided last spring to have all campuses select a day to focus on school safety. In the ROISD emergency operations plan, each campus has a campus crisis coordinator who oversees the efforts of staff during a crisis situation. These coordinators, in cooperation with their campus principals, have put together several drill and educational opportunities for students to learn as they attend the first Safety Day, Friday, Sept. 7.

District wide, staff members will talk to students on subjects from stranger danger to bicycle safety and more. Some campuses have invited special guests from the police, fire and other departments to speak to their students. Procedures such as lock downs, evacuations, tornado and fire drills will be explained in detail and tested.

“We want to do everything in our power to protect our students and make them feel safe, thus allowing them to reach their full academic potential,” said ROISD police chief Scott Lindsey, who directs the safe school committee.

Lindsey said the district is most proud of Team 6, which includes local residents who have volunteered to attend a four-hour training, undergo background checks and attend other special training so as to be able to assist in the event of a crisis situation. Training for the 2007-2008 Team 6 members will be held in September.