GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- Parents rely on schools to take care of their children in the classroom and on the playground. Local administrators say they do not take this responsibility lightly. Stephanie Brletic tells us how schools around Texoma are keeping your children safe.
The Equality Texas Foundation recently received grant money which spokespeople say will be used to identify public schools around Texas that have innovative safety and anti-bullying programs. We talked to parents and officials about the safety of local schools.
Just like hallways and classrooms, bullying is a part of most every school. It’s often hurtful, and sometimes even dangerous to students.
Both Sherman and Denison Independent School District's superintendents say they have zero-tolerance policies so parents know their students are protected.
"I think the parents expect when they send their kids to school that the schools are going to provide a safe haven for those kids, and they have a right to expect that, and our number one priority at our school is student safety." Denison ISD Superintendent Henry Scott says.
Dr. Scott says most of the problems seem to happen during the middle school and early high school years. Scott says if students violate policy, they will find themselves in serious trouble and in an alternative school.
In Sherman, Superintendent Al Hambrick says he is always looking for new ways to protect his students mentally and physically, so staff focuses on mentoring programs and emergency preparation.
"Those are the two areas where we have allocated grant funds this year, and moneys are allocated to make sure we have emergency procedures in place at all of the different campuses and at the central locations."
So far, the strategies seem to be working.
Parents we talked to say they feel like the schools are going out of their way to take precautions, making sure their children are secure.
"I’ve never had an incident where I’ve felt unsafe with her at any point, and when I call to pick her up they're very cautious about who I am and what I need her for," parent Jill Buckner says.
Spokespersons for the Equality Texas Foundation say schools in North Texas are doing a good job. In fact, they are considering three districts in the D/FW Metroplex as model districts. They hope to set up a community education forum in Sherman or Denison.