With the holiday season upon us, it is important to remember why we do what we do. As educators, we pursued this profession to make a difference in a child's life. That mission can be satisfied through a strong teaching lesson, coaching the perfect game, guiding your campus, embarking on a new innovative idea, or simply showing someone you care. Whatever your mission is, take a moment and reflect on why you are here. As I reflect on my purpose and as I write this newsletter my mission has been directed by school safety, my job is to provide guidance and keep staff and students at NSCISD SAFE. We have embarked on new initiatives, new training, and have changed the culture of school safety in our district. Of all the things we have done, the one things that continue to stand out with school safety is its people. So, no matter the reason you got into this profession and no matter your purpose remember that it is YOU that keeps our MUSTANGS SAFE and that is a pretty big deal. Thank you for all that you do and enjoy your holidays.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)recently declared that electronic cigarette use among teenagers has reached an alarming rate. The FDA commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, said that "more than two million middle and high school students were regular users of e-cigarettes" in 2017. To help decrease minors from purchasing and using e-cigarette devices, the FDA gave major manufacturers of these devices two months "to prove that they can keep their devices away from minors." If these companies fail to prevent sales to minors, the FDA threatened to remove certain flavored products from the market. They also targeted sellers of e-cigarettes, sending 1,000 retailers warning letters and issuing 131 fines, ranging from $279-$11,181, for selling minors e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes contain less chemicals than traditional cigarettes, but they can contain higher levels of nicotine(what makes them addictive). The agency is particularly concerned about the Juul device. This device looks like a flash drive, offers potent nicotine hits, and comes with eight flavored "pods." Juul is the dominant e-cigarette seller and has recently become a trend among students.

The FDA is trying to reduce smoking rates among teenagers and stop companies from marketing nicotine products to minors.


Did you know that almost 26 million children and adults suffer from diabetes in the United States? November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and a great time to educate yourself and your staff on this important topic and how to best support students who have diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in school-aged children and is considered a disability under federal law. Any school that receives federal funds must accommodate special healthcare needs for a student with diabetes and document those accommodations in a Section 504 plan. Children with diabetes must have full access to all activities, services, or benefits provided by public schools. Additionally, a student with diabetes should also have an individualized health care plan prepared by a school nurse. School staff who work directly with a student with diabetes should receive additional training about their individualized health care plan and any emergency actions that may be necessary.

Here are more important points to keep in mind regarding students with diabetes:

  • Know your students' specific health concerns.
  • Review and familiarize yourself with a student's individualized health care plan for diabetes.
  • Recognize the symptoms of low blood sugar and be prepared to provide appropriate treatment.
  • Know where a student's diabetic supplies and snacks are stored in the school.
  • Students with diabetes must be monitored throughout the school day, as well as during school-sponsored events or activities.
  • Field trips, extracurricular activities, or special events involving food require planning and coordination with the student's parent/guardian.
  • Many students with diabetes are very open about their illness and willing to share information with others, but some wish to keep the diagnosis private. Respect the wishes of each student and maintain appropriate confidentiality.
  • Don't hesitate to contact your school nurse with questions about diabetes.
  • Always act in accordance with your school or district policy for health care and health emergencies.


If you encounter an armed attacker who is so close that running or hiding is not an option, then you might want to grab, drop and strike.

Grab, Drop, Strike

The idea of having to fight an attacker who is armed is a scary thought. Stephen Lopez, Chief of Police at New Mexico State University, says if you encounter an armed attacker who is so close that running or hiding is not an option, you might want to use this method of defense.

Grab the weapon (firearm, knife, etc.) around the user end with both hands, and pull it rapidly toward your chest while twisting. Grabbing here can reduce most firearms to a single shot, and twisting it as you pull reduces the chance of a critical wound.

Drop to the ground quickly while holding on tight to the weapon. Let gravity work in your favor to tire out the attacker.

Strike the suspect in the head and neck area, but don’t let go of the weapon. If you can’t use an elbow or your head, call for others in the area to help.


#mustangSAFE would like to offer the following reminders to everyone about the importance of food-handling safety, especially during the holidays.

* Before handling food, always wash hands and underneath fingernails with warm soapy water for 20-30 seconds.

* Keep raw foods away from cooked foods.

* Avoid cross-contamination by washing hands and immediately cleaning any plates, bowls, utensils, cutting boards or countertops that have come into contact with raw meat, poultry or seafood.

* Thaw foods in the refrigerator, never on the kitchen counter.

* Keep hot foods hot (above 140°) and cold foods cold (below 40°), by using chafing dishes or coolers or by setting out small portions of food at a time.

* Transport food in a covered, dust-proof container.

* Refrigerate leftovers as soon as possible.

* Discard any food that has been left at room temperature longer than two (2) hours.

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