Safety & Security
Lone Oak ISD is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for the staff and students on our campuses. This commitment requires an ongoing effort to continuously update policies and procedures to ensure we are always up-to-date on the latest security measures available. Lone Oak ISD has plans in place to keep all students safe from weather concerns to school security and emergency situations. Below you will find the latest updates of our policies, procedures, and safety measures to keep Lone Oak ISD one of the safest schools in the state.
- LOISD recently named Chief Casey Northcutt Head of Security.
- Additional staff has been added to our armed defender program.
- Every exterior door in the district is armed with an alarm, notifying administrators if propped open for an extended period of time.
- Reviewed and updated active shooter protocols through threat assessment training.
- Implemented a staff app that allows employees to alert all staff immediately upon threat or emergency detection, notifying school and local police.
- State troopers are now housed at the LOISD Administration Building.
Other facts and figures
- A recent security audit performed by Region 10 determined that LOISD is one of the safest schools in the region.
- 95% of the district is monitored by security cameras 24/7.
- The Stop It App has been an asset used at LOISD for many years and is available for all staff, students, parents and community members to report any safety or bullying concerns that need to be addressed immediately, especially outside of school hours. It alerts counselors, school officers and administration immediately and someone responds and puts actions into place 24 hours 7 days a week.
Daily Safety Measures
- Visitors will be granted entrance through the front entrance only and all other exterior doors remain locked at all times.
- All staff and visitors must wear prominently displayed, district-issued ID badges or visitor passes.
- All campuses utilize the Raptor Visitor Management System, which requires all visitors to undergo screening prior to entering the building.
- Students and staff are trained on the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). SRP includes 5 specific actions that can be performed in the event of any threat or incident on or near campus: HOLD, LOCKOUT, LOCKDOWN, EVACUATE and SHELTER. These responses are taught and practiced regularly throughout the year in the form of drills.
- Safety and security audits are performed throughout the year.
- LOISD School Resource Officer is present in buildings throughout the day.
LOISD Head of Security - Chief Casey Northcutt
Casey Northcutt began his law enforcement career in 2003 with the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office as a full-time detention officer prior to transferring to the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office. In 2004, he graduated from the East Texas Police Academy and was sworn in as a patrol deputy for the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office. For the next 9 years, he was privileged to serve the Rockwall County community as a patrol officer, Advanced Accident Reconstructionist, field-training officer, and supervisor for the Rockwall County Traffic Division.
In 2013, Chief Northcutt was elated at the opportunity to grow in his career as a public servant by joining the newly formed Fate Department of Public Safety. At that time, he established his Texas Firefighter Certification and Emergency Medical Technician Certification. While working for Fate Department of Public Safety, he implemented the initial School Resource Officer Program in Fate and established a great working relationship with school administrators, personnel and parents.
In 2016, Chief Northcutt joined the Heath Department of Public Safety where he continued to advance his law enforcement, firefighter and EMT career. One of his greatest work accomplishments came on June 3, 2017, when he was participating in a community event in the City of Rockwall. Chief Northcutt witnessed a major life-threatening medical event where he performed CPR on an unconscious individual. Chief Northcutt’s quick recognition, effective CPR, and immediate action earned him a lifesaving accommodation from the Heath Department of Public Safety and The National Society of the Sons of American Revolution. Since 2018, he has served Heath Department of Public Safety as a school resource officer for Cain Middle School and Rockwall Heath High School. While being an active school resource officer, he has taken on the lead role with safety and security for Rockwall-Heath Schools and plans to have an immediate impact within Lone Oak Independent School District to protect the town's most valuable possession, our children.
Chief Northcutt is a 2001 graduate of Lone Oak ISD and currently lives in Emory, Texas, with his wife Kristin. They have four children: Aiden, Emily, Rhett Boone, and Finley. In his down time, Chief Northcutt enjoys playing the guitar, watching football, and spending time with his family. Chief Northcutt is proud to be back “home” working in Lone Oak ISD and is a true believer of the saying “Once a Buffalo, Always a Buffalo”.
School Resource Officer - Savannah Hurst
Officer Hurst graduated from Lone Oak High School in 2005. In 2015, she graduated from the Police Academy and began working with the Lone Oak Police Department in September of 2017 when she became the School Resource Officer at LOISD. She has since obtained her Intermediate Peace Officer License through Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and received a certification in School Based Law Enforcement. Officer Hurst has three children whom she loves to spend any free time with.