Safety & Security Measures
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) leaders have taken numerous actions and investments to ensure school safety remains a top districtwide priority during the 2022-2023 school year.
Among the many actions taken to enhance school safety and security include but are not limited to:
- Adding an additional District Safety & Security Committee that includes tri-city law enforcement representatives, parents, staff, and School Board Members;
- Continuing the use of Crisis/Emergency Response Teams at every campus;
- Training of staff on campus safety procedures;
- Hands-on training for PSJA Police and Security Department officers on numerous topics such as weapons, crisis negotiation, injury response, and active shooter, to name a few;
- Increasing the number of PSJA Police Officers;
- Campus checks and inspections by PSJA ISD Police K9 Officers;
- Scheduling Mandatory Drills;
- Districtwide Interior & Exterior Building Safety Audits;
- Developing Campus Threat Assessment Teams;
- Establishing access control procedures with single access points, locked instruction room doors, and exterior door locks;
- Visitor screening and registration through the Raptor Visitor Management System at all schools;
- Enhancing Video Surveillance for schools and district facilities; and
- Districtwide launch of STOPit, an anonymous online reporting tool for students, staff, and parents
In addition to these measures, PSJA ISD encourages reporting any suspicious activities to law enforcement immediately.
To make a report, individuals may reach the PSJA Police Department by calling 956-354-2033, and for any other emergencies call 911.
The first day of school for all PSJA ISD students is Monday, August 22, 2022. PSJA ISD welcomes students living anywhere in the Rio Grande Valley and is still accepting students for the 2022-2023 school year. Parents can still register their children at www.psjaisd.us/whypsja
As part of efforts to ensure the safety of our students and staff, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) will be launching the technology platform STOPit during the 2022-2023 school year.
STOPit is an online reporting tool designed to deter and mitigate bullying, cyber abuse, and promote school safety that consists of an app and a back-end incident management system for school administrators. The app will be available to use for all PSJA ISD students and staff thanks to funding from the Stop School Violence Act.
STOPit is a tool that works by empowering students to protect themselves and stand up for their peers online. Students will have access to the STOPit mobile app, which has two features:
- Report can be used to anonymously report incidents to school contacts.
- Messenger can be used to engage in anonymous two-way communication with school contacts.
Designated campus administration and leaders will have access to STOPit’s backend incident management system, STOPit Admin.
To download STOPit: