We are pleased to recognize Excellence Award recipients for their risk management initiatives. For more than a decade, this award program has honored members for their success. Recipients are presented with a plaque and monetary award at Members' Conference each year.
Learn more about the 2019 recipients:
Peer Emergency and Safety Training
Eanes ISD's Westlake High School developed a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for teens. Starting as a small class of students interested in emergency response, the initiative has grown to two large classes—a beginner's and an advanced—with a total of 80 students. The advanced CERT class has taken initiative to be community-service minded, extending some of their expertise and certified training to other campuses in the district. As a result, many students have been trained in programs such as CPR, automated external defibrillators, first aid, fire extinguishers, Stop the Bleed, and Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events.
Fort Bend ISD
I Work Safely Because?
In an effort to positively impact the district’s safety culture, a safety campaign was developed to address all 12,000 employees. The campaign was based on the question, “I work safely because?,” and leadership answered with a personal written statement. The goal was to get employees to connect the dots between workplace safety and the reasons they should work safely.
While Garland ISD elementary schools have crossing guards, there was a trend of high school students obstructing traffic and getting struck by vehicles at heavily traveled crosswalks. To reinforce crosswalk safety best practices among all students, the district launched a multimedia campaign that incorporated video, posters, and messages on school and district websites.
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD (not pictured)
Display of Identification, Building Access, and Security
The ability to identify all people on campuses is of utmost importance to the district. Grapevine-Colleyville ISD implemented a two-prong plan that requires all secondary students to wear their school-issued identification while on campus and distributed door access badges to high school students. The district also provided signage instructing students to keep all campus exterior doors secure.
School Buses, Cameras, and SMART Tag
Maypearl ISD installed cameras on all buses that capture drivers passing the bus when the stop sign and lights are deployed. Recordings can be easily downloaded and emailed to administrators when needed. The district is working with the City of Maypearl, the Maypearl ISD Police chief, and Department of Public Safety officers to reduce instances of drivers passing buses that are picking up or dropping off students. The district also implemented the SMART Tag system on all routes. The system allows the district to track the location and speed of its buses, identify which riders are on the buses, and provide parents with drop-off-time messages.
Spreading Kindness One Stick at a Time
Millsap ISD cheerleaders implemented a “kindness stick” program designed to offset ongoing issues such as bullying. During each pep rally, students were given a kindness stick by someone in the student body. They were asked to give the stick to someone who made a difference in their life. When passing the stick on, they told the person why they chose them and the difference they made. The following week, the new recipients paid it forward, passing the stick on to someone who positively affected their own lives.
Fall into Better Health 5K Run/Walk
Mission CISD hosted a 5K walk/run to promote health and wellness among employees, their families, and the community in a safe, fun environment. The district provided prizes and other participation incentives. Local medical and dental providers attended the event, sharing wellness information and explaining their services. Several eateries provided healthy snacks and health-conscience food from their menus.
Royse City ISD
Royse City ISD had difficulty increasing police presence at campuses, beyond school resource officer visits, in keeping with a suggestion from the Governor's School Safety Action Plan. To address this, the district developed a Hometown Hero program in which campuses adopted law enforcement officers, fire department personnel, and EMS and invited them to visit the campus regularly. The district also provided designated parking spaces near the main entrance of each school building for law enforcement personnel.
School Resource Officer Program
Weslaco ISD and the City of Weslaco believe that safe, secure, drug-free schools promote engaging learning environments that ensure student success. With school safety at the forefront, the district, in partnership with the City of Weslaco, created a school resource officer (SRO) program. The SRO program creates and maintains safe, secure, and orderly learning environments. SROs also deter and prevent acts of violence and vandalism on school campuses. The SRO program consists of six officers and one sergeant. This collaboration between the city and district ensures safe schools where students build a foundation to grow into future leaders in their communities.
Rave Panic Button App
Willis ISD implemented a more efficient way to get alerts to emergency officials and staff on campus. To activate the app, a user simply pushes one of five emergency button types, and their phone immediately dials 9-1-1. At the same time, a preset notification is delivered to all necessary personnel, including organization staff and security. The 9-1-1 operator has immediate access to additional information, such as who launched the activation, from where in the facility the call originated, how to access the building, and what type of emergency is taking place.