Nixon-Smiley School Safety Newsletter

Director's Corner

Welcome to another issue of the Nixon-Smiley CISD safety newsletter. As we wrap up the summer and enter into fall, we encourage you to remain proactive in your efforts to keep our schools safe and secure. It is important that we take a comprehensive approach to school safety – which requires all school staff, students, parents, and community stakeholders working together and keep our mustang nation #mustangSAFE.

Police Presence on Campus

Nixon-Smiley CISD is partnering with local law enforcement. You may see a higher level of police presence on our campuses. If you see an officer, feel free to say hello and introduce yourself!

We are thankful for these officers.

National Bullying Prevention Month

The Week of October 8th

Make friends with someone you don’t know at school. If you've ever been isolated from others at school, or you were new at school and it took time to make friends, you know what it feels like to be left out, or even if you were never isolated, imagine how it would feel.

Make friends with someone at school who you don't know. You probably wish someone had done that for you.

Be a leader. Take action and don't let anyone at school be in isolation.

Challenge Others To Be Kind

Make kindness go viral with an act of kindness and challenge friends and classmates to pay it forward with their acts of kindness.

The Week of October 15th

STAND UP for Others Week

When you see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims.

If you don't feel safe, get the help of an adult immediately. Be part of the solution -- not the problem!

Students can participate by

  • Creating positive messages on post-its and handing them out to students at school
  • Creating anti-bullying videos and sharing them on Workplace.
  • Create a kindness dance flash mob at school or in your community. Make a video and place on Workplace.

The Week of October 22nd

Week of Inclusion

  • Don't let anyone at school eat alone in the cafeteria or on a school field trip. Make it the week of #NOONEEATSALONE
  • Include other students in school activities
  • Include other students in after school activities
  • Invite someone you don't know that well to sit next to you on the bus. Learn about each other.
  • At one point or another, each of us has felt insecure or stressed out or alone. It is important to remind our friends and classmates that we are all in it together, and we are there to listen and support each other. Use the hashtag #HereForYou on @mustangSAFE to let your classmates know that they have your support.

The Week of October 29th

Start the Week With Conversations With Your Peers

  • Meet with fellow students and discuss how you can "Change The Culture" at your school.
  • Hold a discussion in your classroom where you allow students to openly speak and discuss their experiences with bullying and cyberbullying, and how these experiences have affected them and how they dealt with these moments.

This is your month to take leadership at your school and carry it through all-year-round!

We look forward to hearing about your student led activities during National Bullying Prevention Month. Please share on Workplace and on Twitter.

The more awareness that is created during the month of October -- and all year round, you are one step closer to putting an end to bullying!

Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit for home or office

Water one gallon per person per day, for drinking and sanitation

Food at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

Battery-powered radio and extra batteries

Flashlight and extra batteries

First Aid kit

Whistle to signal for help

Filter mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air

Moist towelettes for sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Manual can opener for food ( if kit contains canned food )

Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula or diapers, and important family documents

Empowering Staff

"Nine out of ten teachers won’t pull the fire alarm because they don't know where it is, or they think they're not allowed to use it. We’ve been trained to believe we should never pull a fire alarm." Hard to believe, but that's a very common response in schools across the country!

Just considering the ratio of staff to administrator in any school building, the likelihood is far greater a staff member will encounter an emergency.

With teachers being provided drill scenarios, NSCISD is empowering our staff to make those decisions.

National School Bus Safety Week – Schedule of Events – October 22nd – 26th

Driver’s contest:

Beginning the first week of school riders will begin learning the “rule call” basic five rules. During National School Bus Safety Week, we will have a rule call contest by bus. The driver with the best group will receive a prize. The contest will be held during the Safety Rally.

School Bus Safety Rally:

Rule Call contest, introduction of all bus driver’s, learn the rule call cheer – led by our Nixon-Smiley Cheer Squad. Students will watch a 15 minute safety video – National PTA video “Operation School Bus Safety, Be Cool, Follow the Rules”

Fire Drill (Emergency evacuation drill):

At dismissal time, each bus will load their respective students, with the assistance of teachers, aides, and drivers, and we will conduct a mass evacuation drill. Car riders will be taught on a bus with the transportation dispatcher. All students are bus riders when we have field trips

Classroom activity materials:

Materials will emphasize school bus safety rules. The safety program package has a small activity for each day.