Child Safety

Safety training continues throughout Livingston ISD

January 2013

Standard Response Protocol (SRP) safety training continues throughout Livingston ISD. Every employee in the district will be required to attend the SRP training this year and each subsequent year. The SRP training was developed specifically for school employees and students to prepare for a crisis by establishing standard responses. This training is a part of an on-going evaluation of LISD Emergency Management Plan and coincides directly with the Incident Command System (ICS) training.  The ICS training allows key stakeholders to come together and develop common language, determine how they would organize the command structure and how they will work together.  

An SRP handout for parents recently went home and explains what do to if your child is involved in a crisis at school. Parents are strongly urged to read the handout and keep them for future reference. LISD Administrators would also like to encourage parents to make sure their child’s school records and contact information are up to date. For questions, concerns, or to update your child’s school records, please contact your child’s school.

 
 


 

The Livingston Independent School District has established a plan for addressing child sexual abuse, which may be accessed on the LISD website under “Child Safety”. As a parent, it is important for you to be aware of warning signs that could indicate a child may have been or is being sexually abused. Sexual abuse in the Texas Family Code is defined as any sexual conduct harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare, as well as, a failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent sexual conduct with a child. Anyone who suspects that a child has been or may be abused or neglected has a legal responsibility, under state law, for reporting the suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement or to Child Protective Services (CPS).

Possible physical warning signs of sexual abuse could be difficulty sitting or walking, pain in the genital areas, and claims of stomachaches and headaches. Behavioral indicators may include verbal references or pretend games of sexual activity between adults and children, fear of being alone with adults of a particular gender, or sexually suggestive behavior. Emotional warning signs to be aware of include withdrawal, depression sleeping and eating disorders and problems in school.

A child who has experienced sexual abuse should be encouraged to seek out a trusted adult. Be aware as a parent or other trusted adult that disclosure of sexual abuse may be more indirect than disclosures of physical abuse, and it is important to be calm and comforting if your child, or another child, confides in you. Reassure the child that he or she did the right thing by telling you.

As a parent, if your child is a victim of sexual abuse, the campus counselor or principal will provide information regarding counseling options for you and your child available in your area. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) also manages early intervention counseling programs. To find out what services may be available in your county, go to:

http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Prevention_and_EarlyIntervention/Programs_Available_in_Your_County/default.asp

The following Web sites might help you become aware of child sexual abuse:

Childrenz Haven, Livingston, Texas