Safe School Initiatives
Westlake Academy’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is comprehensive in scope and is designed to meet the unique needs of the campus topography. The EOP is managed by the Emergency Operations team and is updated annually.
The intent of the plan is to prepare the staff and students for action in the case of various severe weather and other catastrophic events. As such, the plan establishes teams, chains of command, and specific steps to be taken in the case of an emergency. All of our staff members are aware of the plan and their roles.
Westlake Academy’s EOP is supported by the following safety measures:
- Safety is a top priority for Westlake Academy.
- Every Westlake Academy visitor is screened and follows WA’s sign-in protocol. For example, all visitors are required to present identification and are screened through Raptor, a system that provides alerts for registered sex offenders and individuals with warrants.
- A criminal background check is conducted on all Westlake Academy volunteers and employees.
- All Westlake Academy employees are fingerprinted and further screened through the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) as required by the 2007 Texas legislation, Senate Bill 9.
- All employees are required to wear Westlake Academy photo identification badges.
- Westlake Academy utilizes an emergency notification system to communicate with staff and parents through either emails or phone calls, whichever is most appropriate for the situation.
- Westlake Academy has regular safety drills throughout the school year involving both students and staff.
- Keller PD has established a substation for their officers on the Westlake Academy Campus. The substation increases police presence on our campus.
Additionally, Westlake Academy is in constant contact with local law enforcement and receives updates as needed to inform safety protocols.