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TCA Campus Security Information

September 03, 2019
By Kim Wheat

The school year is off to a great start and life is good at TCA!  We take the fact that you entrust us with your children very seriously and work hard to keep them safe. 

Please remember that all visitors to the TCA campus must check in at the front reception area of the elementary or secondary building. Guests (anyone other than a staff member or student) must  present a valid, state-issued driver’s license each time they check in. Upon check-in, all guests will be issued a red lanyard and ID sticker to be worn throughout their visit. This allows our staff and students to quickly identify guests as a properly screened campus visitor. Before leaving, all guests are to check out in the same office where they checked in and return their lanyard to the office staff. Visitors should never enter the side or back doors of a building (even if a polite and well-intentioned student offers to open it!).  Our Raptor screening system also allows us to send out instant alerts to key individuals and groups in the event of an emergency, including local law enforcement. We understand that these minor inconveniences may feel frustrating at times, but your cooperation is appreciated as we seek to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

Several new security cameras were  added last year to increase coverage across our campus and we’ve updated the overall functionality of our video surveillance program. Shatterproof film covers many windows and doors on campus, and traffic bollards protect the front of the secondary building.

As always, we have a variety of drills scheduled for fire, severe weather and lock-down scenarios throughout the school year. (Did you know that our students can orderly evacuate our buildings in a fire drill in under 2 minutes? That’s impressive!)

Our highly relational environment enables us to know our students in ways that other schools might not, allowing us to be proactive in terms of identifying and intervening as needed when a child is hurting or in a potentially harmful situation. Most of our teachers have been trained in Mental Health First Aid. 

We are always on the look-out for ways to improve our procedures. I recently attended a round table session with Congresswoman Kay Granger and other local school leaders on school safety.  I came away encouraged that we do a lot in the way of protecting our students, but also discovered some great ideas to discuss with the TCA administration as we continue to seek ways to improve.

We know that your child’s safety is important to you. It is a top priority for us at TCA too!