Frequently Asked Questions

Did the Santa Fe Strong Safety and Security Committee bring forward a recommendation on whether Santa Fe ISD should consider using the state’s school marshal plan or a guardian plan to arm teachers or other civilian personnel?

No, the Safety and Security Committee could be considering the issue, but it has not been brought forward at this time as a recommendation for the 2018-19 school year.

 

What is the purpose of the donation of weapons, ammunition, equipment and  training and other equipment that the Board of Trustees voted to accept as a donation at its Board Meeting on Monday, July 31, 2018?

The Board of Trustees accepted the weapons, ammunition, equipment and training that will be used by the Santa Fe ISD Police Department for full-time police officers for the 2018-19 school year.

 

What can I expect the dress code to be for my student for the 2018-2019 school year?

The Santa Fe ISD Board of Trustees made no changes to the current student dress code, but instead charged the staff and administration responsible for working with students and their families to consistently enforce the dress code at each of the schools.  The input the District received from the community was split concerning the use of clear backpacks, and the Board did not vote to change the current policy requiring the use of clear backpacks. To that end, any future consideration for the use of backpacks would be discussed if donated backpacks become available for all students. We know that many of you are preparing for the start of school, and we do not want to add any financial burden to purchase backpacks.

 

How do I find out more information regarding the work of the Santa Fe Strong Safety and Security Committee?

The work of the Santa Fe Strong Safety and Security Committee is vital to develop meaningful and action-based recommendations to improve the District’s safety and security plans. The Santa Fe Strong Safety and Security Committee held its third meeting on July 12, 2018. The committee discussed life safety topics and recommendations for implementation for the 2018-19 school year. These recommendations will be presented to the SFISD Board of Trustees at a Special Meeting on Monday, July 16 at the Elizabeth Yaws Cowan Education Center at 5:00 p.m. Check the Santa Fe ISD Interactive Web Portal at santafeupdates.com under the SF Safety and Security Tab to read the July 12 meeting summary notes.

 

Who is providing support and financial assistance to the families of the victims and those injured in the tragedy at Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018?

The Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation, in close coordination with GoFundMe, announced an agreement with the National Compassion Fund (NCF), a subsidiary of the National Center for Victims of Crime, to develop and implement a fund distribution plan to provide direct financial support to the families of those killed and injured in the horrific tragedy at Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018. (National Compassion Fund-Santa Fe ISD Press Release)

 

What is the National Compassion Fund?

The National Compassion Fund (NCF), a subsidiary of the National Center for Victims of Crime, is a leading authority on how victims are compensated for loss. The NCF will advise the steering committee, assist with ongoing fundraising efforts, and administer victim application and vetting processes. The NCF will also coordinate the distribution of proceeds from the Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation’s official campaign, other fundraisers, and third-party donation sources. GoFundMe will advise the Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation and support both ongoing fundraising and distribution of proceeds to victims and their families. One hundred percent (100%) of the donations will be distributed directly to the victims and their families.

 

How do I make a contribution?

To make a contribution, you can donate online to the Santa Fe Strong Fund (Santa Fe Strong Fund), in-person at any Texas First Bank banking center or by mail (checks should be payable to Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation), and mailed to Texas First Bank, Santa Fe Strong Fund, P. O. Box 608, Santa Fe, TX 77510.

 

What support services are available for students, staff and the community?

To ensure continuity of service, the Family Assistance Center will transition to the Santa Fe Strong Resiliency Center on Wednesday, May 30.

 

The center will continue to operate at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Wesley Hall (13217 FM1764, Santa Fe, TX 77510).

 

The center will be open Monday through Saturday 10 am-7 pm and Sunday 1 pm-7 pm.

 

Who is managing donations and support for the families?

Thank you for your questions and the outpouring of support for the families of the victims. A case management team is working directly with the families of each of the victims and providing them with the resources they need.

 

Where can I go to make a donation?

You may make donations at http://santafeupdates.com/donations/.

 

Where can I go to ask a question?

You may ask questions at http://santafeupdates.com/contact-us/.

 

Where can I send the media for information?

You may send media and members of the media to http://santafeupdates.com/media-requests/.

 

Where can I call if my child or I have information pertaining to the incident?

You may call 1-800-CALL-FBI.