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United Independent School District is committed to providing a safe
and secure environment for students, staff, and visitors.



United ISD Security Measures

A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the classroom response to an incident at school. Weather events, fire, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by students, teachers, staff and administration. United ISD utilizes the Standard Response Protocol for lockout, lockdown, evacuate, shelter, hold and room clear.

Circumstances may occur at the school that require parents to pick up their students in a formalized, controlled release. This process is called a Reunification and may be necessary due to weather, a power outage, hazmat or if a crisis occurs at the school. The Standard Reunification Method is a protocol that makes this process more predictable and less chaotic for all involved.

Good mental health is critical to children’s success in school and life. Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness, but also encompasses social, emotional and behavioral health and the ability to cope with life’s challenges. Here are some resources to support mental health. Contact the school counselor for more information about this topic.

In United ISD, we are proud of our schools and welcome visitors. In order to protect the security of our students and staff and the learning environment at our schools, visitors must adhere to the following guidelines.

United ISD and Laredo Crime Stoppers have developed the Campus Crime Stoppers Program in an initiative to make our schools a safer place to be. In addition to having the same number (956-727-TIPS) that Crime Stoppers has had for many years, anonymous tips and information can be sent through a downloadable cell phone app, P3 TIPS. Students, staff, and parents are encouraged to report any activity that could potentially put our students in danger. United ISD is committed to making safety in our schools a top priority.

United ISD understands that the decision to close or delay the school starting time affects our families. It isn’t an easy decision for us and we carefully reflect on many factors when deciding. It is our preference to stay open, whenever possible, to minimize the impact on our families and our educational programs. Parental discretion will always be considered. Families are encouraged to develop a contingency plan with their child to prepare for possible school closure or early dismissal in an event of an emergency situation.

The Cyber Safety and Digital Responsibility: A Parent’s Guide is a collaboration between the Texas School Safety Center and Safer Schools Together. We recognize that technology is constantly evolving and deeply intertwined in the daily lives of our youth. United ISD invites you to review this one and a half hour long training which details the positive and negative ways youth are using technology and social media. The information in this training will empower you to facilitate a proactive conversation with the youth in your life on how to safely use today’s technology.

United ISD invites you to review the resources on digital safety to establish an understanding of the cyber world students are growing up in.

Responding to an active threat event and knowing what to do are, unfortunately, skills which teachers and administrators need to practice and perfect. We know that school staff are most interested in being preventive and proactive, not just reactive. After an event occurs in a school, school staff, parents, and community members want to know how it could have been prevented. Behavioral threat assessment and management (oftentimes referred to as threat assessment) * provides an evidence-based approach toward identifying students or other individuals who pose a threat, intervening with appropriate resources, and ultimately improving the safety and well-being of the individual of concern, the situation, and the school. *The State of Texas has recognized behavioral threat assessment or threat assessment as the Safe and Supportive School Program.

Emergency planning is not only an important part of ensuring that a district can protect its students, faculty, staff, and community, but it is also legally required by state law. This toolkit introduces the laws, rules, and regulations that govern districts to adequately prepare for emergencies and the steps to develop a multi-hazard EOP.

At United ISD we believe, safety is everyone's responsibility. If you would like to talk more about our safety and security procedures or have questions/concerns please feel free to contact the Safety and Crisis Response Unit.

  • Mike Garza
    • Associate Superintendent for Administration
    • (956) 473-7976
  • Dolores Barrera
  • Ruben R. Ayala
  • Oscar Guerrero

Emergency Information

In the event of an emergency, United ISD will:

Helpful Links and Websites

Safety & Security Committee


Meeting Dates Meeting Agendas
February 20, 2020 Agenda
August 19, 2020 Agenda
October 19, 2020 Agenda
November 16, 2021 Agenda
May 17, 2022 Agenda
August 2, 2022 Agenda
September 6, 2022 Agenda
December 7, 2022 Agenda
March 21, 2023 Agenda
August 1, 2023 Agenda


United ISD School Safety and Security Committee Members