Student and Staff Safety
Learn how we ensure the safety of students, staff, visitors and property.
Garland ISD works day and night to keep our community and campuses protected. Our district's 24/7 security dispatch center uses technology similar to police departments to make sure our students and staff have safe places to learn and work. We also use emergency training and response plans to make sure our community knows what to do in a crisis and that situations are communicated to the public promptly.
As part of our commitment to safety, all of our schools have:
- Police officers to provide security, counseling and education
- Security cameras
- Secured entrance vestibules
- Prop alarms on every exterior door
- A visitor registry system
If you have a district safety concern, please contact our 24-hour Security Dispatch team at 972-494-8911.
Parent Emergency Guide
View a printable summary of our safety plans and tips for parents during emergencies:
Security procedures and resourcesExpand All
All visitors must register with the front office before having access to the building. This is currently done with the Raptor System, which checks federal offender databases.
District identification badges
All staff, middle school and high school students wear ID badges while on district property and at district events.
Closed circuit television
We have close to 4,300 cameras to monitor activity. These cameras are on the interior and exterior of every school and allow staff at the district security control center to monitor activities in and around buildings on a 24-hour basis.
Captured video images have aided investigations into criminal activities in and around our schools and reduced vandalism.
Each school has a secured entrance vestibule to screen visitors before entering the building.
Exterior building doors are remotely controlled and monitored, as well as having propped door alarms. This allows for quicker response time in the event of an emergency where doors need to be accessed or locked.
In addition, staff are trained to teach with their classroom doors locked and closed.
School Resource Officers (SROs)
The district partners closely with the Garland, Rowlett and Sachse police departments. We have 45 armed school resource officers from our tri-cities police departments patrolling GISD campuses.
These officers provide security, counseling and education. See the School Resource Officer page to find SRO contact information for each campus.
Our district partners with the I Love U Guys Foundation and follows the foundation’s Standard Response Protocol. This protocol provides a common vocabulary for response across the district and among community first responders. Supporting materials for the protocol have been distributed to all Garland ISD facilities and staff has been trained in each responsive plan of action.
Those responses are:
Each campus conducts a variety of emergency preparedness training sessions, such as:
- Shelter (weather)
- Evacuation (to include fire drills)
Crisis communications plans
Public-address (PA) systems allow us to make emergency notifications to students and staff at our campuses.
The district has a robust system in place where key administrators are informed of an emergency situation. Parents and other stakeholders can also be informed within minutes through the use of Skylert (School Messenger), the district's website, GRS-TV and social media.
The goal is to quickly and accurately communicate essential information to first responders, district staff, parents and community members so the safety of children is maintained throughout an event.
We conduct random searching, mainly at the secondary level. These searches, using a handheld metal detector, range from the random selection of vehicles, rooms, buses, parts of the building and could include adults who are present. Students entering the school may also be searched.
The searches are conducted by school administrators, district security staff, contracted K9 teams, and, when appropriate, local law enforcement.
The goal of each search is to deter anyone from bringing illegal or prohibited items into our schools.
Multi-hazard emergency operations plan
This plan encompasses many issues designed to prepare the district for a variety of emergency events. School crisis management teams discuss these issues throughout the year to be prepared to respond in a timely and accurate manner should the need arise.
The Texas Education Code Ch. 37.108 requires that districts audit buildings and resources at least once every three years, with the results of the audit reported to the school board and the state at the end of the three-year cycle.
Governor's plan for security
In May 2018, Governor Gregg Abbott released an action plan to help schools improve the safety and security of their students. The report outlined several strategies to enhance security. See how we are meeting and exceeding the safety standards across the state on our Governor's Plan page.
We have staff working around the clock to maintain our buildings and grounds. Our team of carpenters, electricians, HVAC mechanics, painters and plumbers work together to make sure that our facilities provide a safe, attractive and efficient environment for students, staff and the community.
Our security team handles after-hour and weekend calls. We invite anyone that notices a maintenance issue to call our 24-hour Security Dispatch team so that they can make sure our maintenance team makes the necessary repairs.
Safety & Security Committee
Key district administrators and representatives from local police departments work together to implement programs and procedures for supporting student and staff safety.
2022-23 Safety & Security Committee Members
- Wes Johnson, Board President
- Larry Glick, Trustee
- Dr. Ricardo Lopez, Superintendent
- Dr. Brent Ringo, Chief Financial Officer
- Dr. Shelley Garrett, Assistant Superintendent of Safety and Operations
- Mark Quinn, Director of Security
- Shauntell Moore, Security Coordinator - Operations
- Michael Pierce, Security Coordinator - Systems
- GPD Lt. Wally Sneed, Garland Police Department
- RPD Sgt. Greg Baldwin, Rowlett Police Department
- SPD Sgt. James Wills, Sachse Police Department
- Mistie Gardner, Garland Office of Emergency Management
- Bran McGee, Teacher
- Tracey Bergfield, Parent
- Hung Le, Parent
GISD Facilities: 972-494-8780
GISD Energy Management: 972-494-8351
GISD Maintenance: 972-494-8351