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Safety & Security

Mesquite ISD uses the Standard Response Protocol, or SRP. All students and staff members, as well as local first responders, are trained in the SRP. The SRP is based on the five actions illustrated here: SECURE, LOCKDOWN, EVACUATE, SHELTER and HOLD. In the event of an emergency, the action and appropriate direction will be called over the public address system.


Understanding the Standard Response Protocol

"Get inside. Lock outside doors."

Secure is called when there is a threat or hazard outside the building.
All students and staff members go inside the building. Exterior doors are locked. It's business as usual inside the building.

"Locks, lights, out of sight."

Lockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside the building.
Classroom doors are locked, lights are turned out, students and staff remain out of sight and silent until first responders unlock the doors.


"to a location."

Evacuate is called to move students and staff from one location to another.
Students and staff will be instructed where to go. Students and staff may bring their phones but must leave all other personal items behind. Everyone will move in a single file line with their hands visible.



Shelter is called when the need for personal protection is necessary.
Examples include a tornado or hazardous materials situation.


"in your classroom"

Hold is called when the hallways need to be kept clear due to a medical emergency or other isolated incident.




In the event of a lockout, lockdown, evacuate or shelter response, students will not be released until the emergency has passed and student safety is established.

In the event of an off-campus evacuation, students will be bused to a predetermined location for reunification with their family. 

Staying Informed During an Emergency

  • Mesquite ISD's notification system (Skylert) will be used to deliver emergency notifications to families as quickly as possible. With this system, MISD can send thousands of alerts by phone, email, and text in a matter of minutes.

  • Updates will be posted on the home page of the district website.
  • Updates will be broadcast on KEOM radio (88.5 FM).
  • Mesquite ISD will also post notifications and updates on our district Facebook page and Twitter feed. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to receive these updates. These social media links are available on the Mesquite ISD website homepage.

Keep in mind that in the event of a power outage or damage to a district facility, one or more of these communication methods may be impacted, and phones may be down; however, keeping families informed is a top priority, and every effort will be made to ensure information is released as quickly and effectively as possible.


Notification Procedures

Every report of an alleged threat is thoroughly investigated by campus administration and police. In many cases, initial reports are determined to be unsubstantiated rumors.

Anytime there is a credible threat to student or staff safety, Mesquite ISD will inform staff and families through our district's automated notification system.


Security Procedures for All Events at Mesquite ISD Facilities

Mesquite ISD values the safety of its students, staff and patrons above all else. The district regularly reviews its safety protocols to ensure our facilities are as safe as possible for all who use them. As a result of such review, additional security measures for after-school events at all Mesquite ISD venues (gyms, stadiums and campuses) are as follows:

  • All students in grades 6-12, including non-Mesquite ISD students, must present a valid student ID to enter any event.
  • No one may enter basketball games after the start of the fourth quarter. 

  • Backpacks will not be allowed at Mesquite ISD events. 

  • Elementary students will not be admitted without adult supervision. 

  • Mesquite ISD reserves the right to request additional identification.

Additional measures are under consideration, and more changes may be announced in the future.
Thank you for your support of Mesquite ISD in these efforts.

2019-20 MISD Safety Committee

Nina Basulto, Robert Benavidez, Stephen Biggs, Mark Bradford, Eamon Leyden, Billy Artesi, Cindy Carlo, Karyn Cummings, Kevin Dodge, Archimedes Faulkner, James Ferguson, Richard Mims, James Huckaby, Laura Jobe, Beth Nicholas, Mark Quinn, Michelle Ramm, Eddie Rose, Lt. Ernest Smith, Alesia Austin, David Vroonland, Elaine Whitlock and Taylor Morris.