Dr. Sims provides an overview of security at AISD

Posted on 07/22/2022
Dr. Sims provides an overview of security at AISD

An overview of security-related measures at Athens ISD


Please note that, under the advice of law enforcement, not all details of the district’s security practices/measures will be shared with the public. However, we understand well that questions about student and staff safety are a reasonable matter of public concern. Toward that end, below are highlights of the district’s safety measures, which Superintendent Dr. Janie Sims mentions in the related video along with other items of concern.


  • AISD and the Athens Police Department have worked together for the past five years to have APD school resource officers (SRO) assigned to the district. This highly successful partnership is being renewed for another five years. There are currently three SROs who cover the five campuses, with an open request from AISD for additional officers as soon as APD staffing permits.
  • All campuses have secure entry vestibules.
  • As required by the state, exterior door security is subject to a weekly audit. In addition, SROs and AISD maintenance employees have routinely made exterior door checks part of their daily routines.
  • All classroom doors must remain locked at all times.
  • AISD is utilizing the highest level of RAPTOR, a school safety software that enables schools to screen visitors, track volunteers, report on drills and respond to emergencies in real time throughout each campus.
  • All district campuses have multiple security cameras, which are regularly upgraded.
  • AISD has an assigned director over safety issues and a comprehensive emergency operations plan, which includes an annual safety audit. The results of each audit are shared with administrators and school board members.
  • AISD partnered this summer with the Athens Police Department and other area agencies for Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, which includes shooting and moving, threshold evaluation, concepts and principles of team movement, setting up for and room entry techniques, approach and breaching a crisis site, secondary responder tactics, and dynamic force-on-force scenarios.
  • The superintendent and other administrators recently attended a school safety forum focused on rural districts’ preparations for/responses to security threats.
  • At Athens ISD, the safety of our students and staff is our number-one priority.

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