Emergency preparedness plays a vital role in the Roswell Independent School District (RISD). Emergency situations can happen at any time and our students and staff must be prepared. Emergencies are unpredictable and can take many forms but the one thing we know about emergencies is that they will happen. And though we may not be able to control the incident from happening, we may be able to greatly affect the outcome. This is why we monitor our schools, try to control who enters our schools, limit parts of our schools that can be accessed, and this is why we train.
Legislation was passed that requires schools to practice emergency drills one time every week for the first four (4) weeks of school and once per month thereafter for a total of 12 emergency drills per school year. The emergency drills can take different forms: lockdown, extreme weather, Shelter-in-Place, fire, and evacuation drills.
When our schools are undergoing emergency drills phones cannot be answered and the doors to the schools will be locked. Please try not to be alarmed. As soon as an emergency drill is completed phones will be answered, phone calls returned, and the main entrance door unlocked. Unfortunately, we are not able to disclose to parents, students, and school staff when the emergency drills, training sessions, and practice emergency drills will take place. They must be a “surprise” to be able to evaluate the preparedness of our staff and students.
To stress the importance of being prepared RISD has partnered with the Sheriff’s Department and the Roswell Police Department to hold safety training sessions at schools and to conduct practice emergency drills at schools.
If there is ever an emergency, parents/guardians will be notified. Please know that RISD works closely with the Sheriff’s Department, the Roswell Police Department, the Fire Department, and the Emergency Preparedness Director for Chaves County and the City of Roswell.
It is instinctual to want to drive to a school and care for your child(ren). However, there are policies and procedures in place and steps that must be taken before entry into a school will be allowed and students released. Let’s consider tornado drills. When a school goes into an extreme weather lockdown, school doors will be locked, students will move to a pre-assigned area and will not be allowed out of the school. Also, community members will not be allowed into the school. At these times, it is best for community members to stay away from schools until you have been contacted by RISD.