Eanes ISD

Student Safety

Bat Safety

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BATS
  • Bats that can be approached on the ground or other exposed places are sick.
  • Anyone bitten by a bat should seek medical attention immediately.
  • May be infected with the rabies virus.
    • Rabies is a fatal disease if left untreated
    • Rabies is transmitted most frequently through the saliva of an infected animal when it bites.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A BAT
  • Don’t touch it!
  • Report to the school front office immediately If bat is alive and near the ground, or bat is dead but in an area that a student may have come in contact with. Don’t take any chances even if no one admits to having come in contact with it, report it anyway.
  • NEVER, NEVER attempt to pick up bat with bare hands!! Bats can bite even through thick working gloves!

Child Sexual Abuse

It is important for parents, educators, and students to be aware of warning signs that could indicate a child may have been or is being sexually abused. Sexual abuse is any sexual conduct harmful to a child's mental, emotional, or physical welfare. Any sexual activity between an adult and a child is sexual abuse. Anyone who suspects that a child has been or may be abused or neglected has a legal responsibility, under state law, for reporting the suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement or to Child Protective Services (CPS).

In the absence of an actual report of sexual abuse, there are common warning signs to watch out for. The presence of a single sign does not prove child abuse is occurring; however, when these signs appear repeatedly or in combination you should take a closer look at the situation and consider the possibility of child abuse.

Possible physical warning signs of sexual abuse could be difficulty sitting or walking, pain in the genital areas, and claims of stomachaches and headaches. Behavioral indicators may include verbal references or pretend games of sexual activity between adults and children, fear of being alone with adults of a particular gender, or sexually suggestive behavior. Emotional warning signs to be aware of include withdrawal, depression, sleeping and eating disorders, and problems in school.

A child who has experienced sexual abuse should be encouraged to seek out a trusted adult. Be aware as a parent or other trusted adult that disclosures of sexual abuse may be more indirect than disclosures of physical abuse, and it is important to be calm and comforting if your child, or another child, confides in you. Reassure the child that he or she did the right thing by telling you.

As a parent, if your child is a victim of sexual abuse, the campus counselor can provide information regarding counseling options for you and your child available in your area.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) also manages early intervention counseling programs. To find out what services may be available in your county, see http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Prevention_and_Early_Intervention/Programs_Available_In_Your_County/default.asp.

For more information on the sexual abuse of children, please see the following Web sites:

CPR/AEDs

Eanes ISD has been one of the most aggressive school districts in the state in the areas of availability of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and CPR training.

AEDs are located on every campus, as well as other central administrative locations. At schools, AEDs generally are found near the front office, nurses clinics, as well as other strategic locations depending on the size and layout of the school. Secondary schools have both mobile and permanent units that service athletics. Please see EISD's AED Plan for more details.

In fall of 2006, Eanes ISD established the bold goal of having all teachers and staff members become trained in CPR. The district set up a "train the trainer" program, where approximately 20 employees volunteered to learn to be CPR instructors. These individuals began teaching district-wide classes in which employees participated. The percentage of EISD staff who have been trained is just over 90 percent (due to turnover and scheduling), but courses continue to be offered to reach employees. The district's School Safefy and Health Advisory Council also hosts an annual event that encourages community members to become CPR-certified and provides the "CPR Anytime" training.

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Fire Safety

Lightning System

All Eanes ISD facilities are covered by a Thor Guard Lightning Prediction System

Lightning is a severe hazard that must be viewed seriously. Everyone should immediately seek shelter any time they believe lightning threatens them, even if a signal has not been sounded.

You will be warned by our THOR GUARD LIGHTNING PREDICTION SYSTEM, which sounds ONE 15 second blast of a horn signaling suspension of all activities. If you are within visibility of system, the strobe light on top of system will begin flashing and remain flashing until safe conditions return. You should immediately seek an appropriate, safe shelter.

You may resume activities only after THREE 5 second blasts of the horn are sounded and the strobe light stops flashing.

IF YOU REMAIN OUTDOORS AFTER THE WARNING IS ISSUED, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK AND SUBJECT ALL STUDENTS IN YOUR CARE TO DANGER!!!

All youth organizations using an Eanes ISD outdoor facilities are expected to abide by the Eanes ISD’s lightning policy as part of the lease agreement.

Lightning Safety Tips

SEEK

  • Large buildings
  • Lightning shelters
  • Automobiles/Buses
  • Tunnels with no standing water


AVOID

  • Open areas
  • Water
  • Tall trees
  • Metal fences
  • Overhead wires and power lines
  • High ground areas
  • Telephone and cellular phones
  • Radios
  • Small, unprotected shelters

Stranger Danger

What parents can teach their children about Stranger Danger?

  • Teach children to report any suspicious strangers to a trusted adult.
  • Discuss safe routes children can use when going from place to place in your community.
  • Teach children to keep their distance and to attract as much attention as they can if approached by someone they don't know. Children should try to run away - always toward people - and tell a trusted adult as soon as possible.
  • Parents should have a plan for how children get home from every activity. Teach your child not to change that plan without checking with you. This includes returning home from school or from any after-school and weekend activity.
  • If child walks home alone, check to see if he/she can walk home with at least one other child or person.

Visitor Check-In

As part of the district and each school emergency plan, all visitors to any of the EISD schools and facilities are required to check in at the front office during regular school hours and wear issued Visitor Badge. EISD currently uses the Raptor System.

What is the RAPTOR system?
RAPTOR is a computer software system that enhances school security by reading visitor drivers’ licenses, comparing information to a sex offender data base, alerting campus administrators if a match is found, then (assuming no match was made) printing Visitor badges that include a photo.

How does it work?
Drivers’ license information is compared to a data base that consists of registered sex offenders from 42 states including Texas. If a match is
found, a campus administrator is notified so school access can be deniedto that visitor.

Why is EISD using this system?
Safety of our students is our number-one priority. The system is an efficient method for checking the status of a visitor as a potential sexual predator. The system also quickly prints visitor badges that include a photo, the name of the visitor, time and date – all enhancements from what Eanes schools have done in the past.

What other information is the school taking from drivers’ licenses?
Only identifying information for purposes of comparing to the registry will be read from drivers’ licenses. Additional visitors’ data will not be gathered and no data will be shared with any outside company or organization.

LAURA SANTOS-FARRY

Director of Safety & Risk Management
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