Lipan ISD is pleased to introduce a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts®.
The Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying and safety app reporting system helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome.
The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.
To use this revolutionary new app, students, parents or other school personnel can simply visit the Lipan ISD website and click on the “Anonymous Alerts” button or text link to submit a report expressing their concern. Anonymous Alerts® mobile applications can be downloaded directly from the Apple, Google Play or the Chrome stores.
Lipan ISD supplies students an activation code, making the app remarkably easy to use and students select which school the message should go to. In addition, informational posters explaining how to use the app will be displayed throughout schools and offices in the district.
To send reports from the Web/Internet go to: https://tips.anonymousalerts.com/lipanisd
To send a report from your phone:
In an emergency, always call 9-1-1!
Anonymous Alerts Overview Video
It is my pleasure to serve the Lipan school community as the Secondary Principal. I look forward to working alongside our amazing students, teachers, and families where a tradition of excellence already exists.
My personal vision is to ensure that we educate each student so that they have the tools to excel wherever their path leads them – college, career, and/or military. We strive to enhance and grow our academic programs beyond the core curriculum to provide options for your student. Our dedicated staff, including teachers, administrators, support staff, custodians, and food service will consistently work hard to welcome and challenge our students each and every day.
We will strive to build strong partnerships with our community and ensure everyone feels valued, safe, and excited to be here. We encourage you to recognize the essential role parents and guardians play in shaping and directing your students’ beliefs; we need your support and cooperation to provide the best educational experience possible. Please assist us by ensuring they attend school consistently, be on time, and give teachers their best effort each day!
Here is our district’s vision that I intend to hold myself, students, and staff accountable to:
“Living Everyday with Purpose, Pride, and Perseverance.”
Dear Parents and Guardians:
I wanted to take this opportunity to share our plans going forward with school safety. As you know, the decision was made four years ago to add access doors and new cameras to increase the safety of our staff and students. Additionally, we have two entry access points where visitors can gain access to our buildings and get a visitor pass. We purchased the Raptor system that screens the driver's license of each visitor for issues that would deny access to our buildings.
As we move to the next step of our safety plan, the safety of our students is paramount. After successfully adding the cameras, doors, and the Raptor system, the decision was made to implement the Guardian Program which will arm staff members to protect our staff and students. The Guardians have completed psychological testing and must have their License to Carry (LTC) certificate in order to participate in the program. In July, 8-10 staff members will go through the rigorous training required to be a Guardian. These staff members will carry guns in the buildings where they work in order to keep those areas safe. This will serve as more complete coverage than one School Resource Officer can provide, as the response will be immediate to the area involved.
Yesterday, the Hood County Sheriffs Office hosted a briefing with one of the Texas Rangers conducting the investigation into the Uvalde School shooting. He emphasized 3 things that were essential for school district safety: 1) Locked outside, perimeter doors; 2) Locked classroom doors with windows covered; 3) Practice active shooter drills monthly. The Ranger also mentioned that cinder-block constructed safe-rooms are extremely safe even from rounds fired from AR-15 rifles. This means that the safe-rooms at the high school and the elementary school will serve to keep our students and staff safe in the event of an active shooter.
Over the last few years, we have used our ESSER funding to add a Dean of Students, a counselor as well as a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Specialist to help students who are struggling with life issues they are facing. Likewise, our teachers have completed Mental Health and Wellbeing training so that they can recognize students who are struggling with social-emotional issues and be able to refer them for counseling. This year we are adding a Director of Special Programs position to fulfill the requirements of SB 179 which will allow both counselors to be better able to serve our students as counselors.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the safety of the children served by Lipan ISD.
Ralph Carter, Ed.D Superintendent