Huffman ISD Parents, Community, Students, and Staff,
The Huffman ISD administration wants to say again how much we appreciate the response of our parents, students, and staff to Monday's incident at Hargrave High School. Student safety and security remains a top priority in our school district. We once again applaud the student whose tip led to the apprehension of the suspect before he could harm himself or others. This student's willingness to come forward with such critical information is a great example of how important it is for us to report information that could be useful in protecting our students.
We are especially thankful to parents for sending your students to school today and for cooperating with the new expectations put in place for the remainder of the year. We also want to thank our local law enforcement officers for their presence at campuses this morning. Huffman ISD is very blessed to have so many caring staff, students, parents, and community members looking out for one another.
Moving forward, rest assured that Huffman ISD remains vigilant in our efforts to secure our schools. The input we have received via email, social media, and phone calls along with commentary from last night’s school board meeting is important to us as we move forward in addressing future security plans for our district. We want to assure you that we hear you.
Today, the administrative team met with our officers to debrief Monday’s events. There are many takeaways for us to consider, including appropriate action that was taken and action that we want to improve on. For several months now, we have been researching and considering additional measures to put in place to further enhance the security of campuses for the upcoming school year. We will bring all of this information together and develop a security plan that best fits the safety needs of all Huffman ISD students and staff.
In addressing security for the remainder of this school year, these are steps we have put in place that will help us move forward to having a successful end to the school year:
- Increasing police presence on campuses, 24/7;
- Increasing parking lot supervision around the district;
- Providing an increased presence at building entrances and exits;
- Disallowing backpacks at high school and middle school campuses for the remainder of the school year.
Again, we applaud the students who submit tips to us. We encourage our students and community to say something when you see or hear something. Anyone can submit tips anonymously via the district's tip line by calling or texting 832-777-7811, utilizing the Huffman ISD app, or students and parents may report information to a teacher or any staff member on their campus. Your information could very well save lives.
Huffman ISD Administration