Operation #SAFELonghorn (Safety Awareness For Every Longhorn) is a multi-faceted response plan that affects all CHISD facilities and departments. The program includes a number of initiatives aimed at fortifying buildings, ensuring regular training, communication and increasing staff and public awareness.
The goals of the #SAFELonghorn program are to improve safety and security within Cedar Hill ISD and promote emergency preparedness among students and staff.
CHISD follows state law, as well as the recommendations of the Texas School Safety Center in implementing best practices for campus safety.
Emergency Operations Plan - The district has a written Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that includes the four primary areas of prevention, mitigation, response and recovery as well as 31 different crisis scenarios used for staff training and emergency response planning.
Cedar Hill ISD Police Department: Officers serving on each secondary campus and support all campuses. These highly trained officers build positive relationships with students and help ensure safety campuses for students and staff.
Safety Audits - In addition to the required campus and facility safety audits conducted every three years, the district periodically has independent safety and security audits using outside subject matter experts per the district's Strategic Plan.
Safety Drills - The district conducts different types of drills throughout the year. They include:
- Lockout drills
- Lockdown drills
- Shelter drills
- Evacuation drills
- Hold in-class drill
We communicate via Twitter @CedarHillISD and Facebook @CedarHillISD and through our telephone messaging and email system. Information is also posted to CHISD.NET. Communications regarding health and safety for scholars and staff are identified by the hasthtag #SAFELonghorn.
Health-Related News Monitoring/Communication
CHISD remains in regular communications with the Dallas County Health Department and will share fact sheets and updates with our CHISD community as information becomes available.
CHISD has registered nurses staffed at each school campus health clinic. The district closely monitors student illnesses and works with area health experts to ensure preventative and precautionary measures are in place to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases. Our nurses follow safety protocols in managing ill students in the school clinics. CHISD's custodial and maintenance employees assist with extensive disinfecting and cleaning of classroom and common "touch" zone areas where students gather such as (cafeterias, restrooms, water fountains, locker rooms, etc.).
Hand-Washing and Cough Etiquette
Two simple things that can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases are effective hand-washing and the use of cough etiquette techniques. CHISD employees visit with students to teach them about proper hand-washing techniques to include soap, water and 20 seconds of lathering and rinsing. Signs are posted throughout our campuses to remind students and staff of the importance of hand-washing. Students are also taught proper cough etiquette by coughing into their elbow to avoid spraying the air or other people with germs. CHISD keeps additional hand sanitizer and tissues for students to use in classrooms and commons areas.
Report Illnesses to CHISD
Students, staff and parents are encouraged to report illnesses to the school nurse and/or campus principal. This helps Cedar Hill ISD better monitor infectious diseases and student absences. CHISD has protocols in place to manage those showing signs or symptoms of illness. These include reporting to the nurse clinic, taking and recording a student's temperature, using gloves, masks and other protective supplies to prevent the spread of disease and isolating the student from others to the extent possible until communication can occur between CHISD and emergency contacts. Parents are encouraged to pick their children up as quickly as possible when they are called by the school.