BISD Visitor Management Procedures
Texas Education Code § 38.022 School Visitors
(a) A school district may require a person who enters a district campus to display the person's photograph issued by a governmental entity.
(b) A school district may establish an electronic database for the purpose of storing information concerning visitors to district campuses. Information stored in the electronic database may be used only for the purpose of school district security and may not be sold or otherwise disseminated to a third party for any purpose.
(c) A school district may verify whether a visitor to a district campus is a sex offender registered with the computerized central database maintained by the Department of Public Safety as provided by Article 62.005, Code of Criminal Procedure, or any other database accessible by the district.
(d) The board of trustees of a school district shall adopt a policy regarding the action to be taken by the administration of a school campus when a visitor is identified as a sex offender. Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1372, Sec. 12, eff. June 15, 2007.
All campuses must have an identification security system.
- All faculty must obtain and display an Identification Card while on school grounds
- Visitors must check in at the front office
- Visitors must present a form of identification at Sign-In
- Sex offender status check will be conducted on all visitors.
Gang Prevention, Intervention, Enforcement and Intelligence
The Brownsville ISD Police Department provide gang awareness, gang intervention information, gang rapid response, and other services to staff, students, and parents. While not all cases of school violence are related to gangs and gang activity, we can't ignore the fact that gangs exist and put our community at risk.
We have added this section to raise awareness about gangs in our schools not only for parents and teachers but for students as well. By educating ourselves about gangs we can better teach our children why they need to steer clear of them as well as learn ways to find out if your child is involved in some type of gang activity. You believe that you would know if your child or teen was a member of gang, but unless you know the signs to look out for, you may not find out until it's too late.
It's not fair to say that certain music and movies are responsible for all gang activity, but it is safe to say that the romanticizing of the gang lifestyle has something to do with children believing that it's somehow "cool" to be in a gang. Along with the influences in the media, many children and teens end up involved with gangs simply because they want to feel like they belong somewhere. Often times this stems from something going on in the home, sadly without the parents realizing it. The best way to be able to help your child be safe from gangs is to be on top of how gangs work and know the signs to look for that may indicate your child is involved with a gang. The more that you know, the more that you can teach your child and the more credible you can seem should you be faced with having to tell your child why he or she should get out of a gang.
Understanding the risks involved with having gangs in our school is just one way that you can help keep our schools safe from gang violence and crimes. The elimination and prevention of gangs in our schools isn't only up to the law enforcers or the school boards. It begins with you the parent. You have far more control over this than you may even realize and we hope that spending some time reading this brochure will give you the tools you need to take charge when it comes to gangs and keeping your children safe.