How to get started?

App Download Instructions- IPhone

Step 1: Go to “App Store”

Step 2: Search for district name (must include “ISD”)

Step 3: Install App (will require iTunes password)

Step 4: Open App (reply to prompted questions)-Settings will appear

Step 5: Click on “School”

Step 6: Select “School” from list- enter “School” passcode

Step 7: Enter your information (optional)

Step 8: Click “Done”

DOWNLOAD IS COMPLETE

How to get started?

App Download Instructions- Android

Step 1: Go to “Google Play”

Step 2: Search for district name (must include “ISD”)

Step 3: Install App ( Accept app Permission)

Step 4: Open App (reply to prompted questions)-Settings will appear

Step 5: Click on “School”

Step 6: Select “School” from list- enter “School” passcode

Step 7: Enter your information (optional)

Step 8: Click “Done”

DOWNLOAD IS COMPLETE

How may app downloads do I have per campus per year?

There are an unlimited number of downloads for parents, students, and teachers.

How can I customize the resources?

The campus administrators have the ability to upload any links specific to each campus to personalize the app for the school.

Can I send “push notifications” to students announcing non- safety related events?

Certainly- the idea is for the administrator to use the app to your advantage and keep students informed of upcoming events, testing dates, important reminders, etc.

Can I add or change users if I have staffing changes?

Yes, you have control on who has access to the various features on the app.

What is the cost after the initial year?

The cost to renew the app in future years is 1Ž2 of the original cost paid, pricing will vary depending on how many sites where initially purchased.

What if I don’t renew and the app is already on my phone, doesn’t it stay active?

Not necessarily, we have the ability to shut off serves if it is not renewed. Users may simply delete the app from their phone once it is no longer active.

What if the information received is inappropriate by a user?

You have the ability to send a “push notification” warning users for sending inappropriate content; the user may also be blocked from the ability to send notices..

What if I don’t want to receive all these messages on my phone or iPad?

You have the ability to select the days and times you wish to receive notifications and incidents reported via text or email, thus you don’t have to have your phone bombarded with messages 24/7.

Can others receive the messages as well?

Yes, you can designate individuals from the campus to assist with the reports that are received.

Do I have to pay for someone or a company to conduct the audit?

No, the intent of the school safety audit is for the audit to be a self-assessment. The recommendation is for each school to develop a team to assist with this ongoing process.

The TxSSC says that the term "audit" is intended to mean an on-going process, rather than an event that is only conducted every three years. The idea is for districts to integrate on-going safety and security self-assessments into everyday activities;this would include regular planning, training, and drills for emergency procedures.

It is recommended to use a team approach to conduct the school safety audits.A team approach provides increased objectivity and allows the school to benefit from the expertise of a variety of individuals. In addition, a team approach allows for multiple staff members to participate in the process of improving safety and security within district facilities.

How often must a district conduct a facility safety audit?

Each district must conduct a facility safety and security audit every three years of each campus and provide an annual review of recommendations set forth in the written audit report.

Are district facilities required to complete a written report of the audit findings?

Districts are required to report audit findings to the Board of Trustees, most commonly reported in a written format.

How much of the audit results can I share? Is it public information?

A school district or public junior college district shall report the results of the safety and security audit conducted under Subsection (b) to the district's board of trustees and, in the manner required by the Texas School Safety Center, to the Texas School Safety Center.

(c-1) Except as provided by Subsection (c-2), any document or information collected, developed, or produced during a safety and security audit conducted under Subsection (b) is not subject to disclosure under Chapter 552, Government Code.

The law doesn’t say the audit results are to be shared in a closed session, but there are provisions in the local government code that ALLOW for results to be discussed in a closed session. Reference is:

Texas Government Code Sec. 551.076.

This provision allows for the discussion of the audit report in a closed session; the audit report does not require voting approval, only sharing of information, thus it does not have to be discussed in open meetings. Although the district CAN share results of audits, it is not REQUIRED to comply with open records for this particular discussion. This is a discussion about specific vulnerabilities discovered in an audit and could possibly compromise the district’s overall safety to make the information available to the public.

Are district facilities required to submit certification of audit completion?

Districts are required to report specified results of their audit to the Texas School Safety Center on a web-enabled form. The School Safety Tracker Plus includes a final summary report to assist in the completion of this.

Is there a deadline for completing our district audit?

The next deadline for completion of district facility safety and security audits will be August 31, 2014.

Does the campus have to utilize all four features available on the app?

Great question! Each campus can choose which of the app features their site will use. All four features are available to each campus that purchases the app. It’s the campus administrator’s decision as to which features will be utilized at their site.

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