Safety and security important to teaching and learning

Quality teaching and learning requires more than great teachers and eager students. We know that instruction is enhanced when students, teachers and parents know their schools are safe and secure.

Parents send us their very best every morning and as a District we make a vow each day to educate and look after the children of the community. That’s why it is a priority for EPISD to do what it can to create safe learning spaces.

This week the District had focused on informing the public about the proposed upgrades to safety and security the 2016 EPISD Bond election would fund if the voters decide so.

These upgrades include lighting upgrades at every EPISD school. This is the type of lighting that keep our parking lots illuminated and safe for our teachers who work past dusk and students whose extracurricular activities keep them on campus until late.

Every school also would get new motion sensors to trigger lights to go on when teachers and students walk the halls of the campus. Again, we feel appropriate lighting can help us bring another layer of safety to our schools.

The District had made a significant investment in installing the Raptor System in all of our schools. The Raptor system runs the identification cards off all visitors through different criminal databases so that campuses know just exactly who is trying to access the schools. But Raptor functions only if visitors to our schools are funneled through the front office. The Bond would fund the replacement of perimeter fencing at several schools.

I invite you to learn more about the safety and security aspects of the Bond by logging on to www.episd.org/episdbond. You can also watch the informational video below:

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