Safe and Secure Schools

safety Network
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In 2019, the Clear Creek Independent School District announced the formation of the School Safety Network and its leaders. Brian Palazzi (left) was named Director of Safe Schools and Dava West (right) as Director of Student Guidance and Counseling. Palazzi and West have extensive experience in ensuring schools are physically safe and emotionally secure. Palazzi and West will join the District’s top law enforcement officer, Captain Josette Rivas (center) of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department, to lead CCISD’s comprehensive safety program. This team is structured after the evidence-based and recommended model of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

In the wake of the high school shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, CCISD established a community-driven committee to develop safety recommendations. The 39 recommendations, now in implementation, focus on the mental wellness of students, the physical hardening of facilities, emergency training and crisis response, and an enhanced law enforcement presence.
Palazzi is a longtime Clear Creek ISD high school administrator who previously led Clear Brook High School’s emergency and operations efforts for four years. He provides the strategic direction of CCISD’s safety efforts from identifying and addressing school-based threats to working with area emergency managers, campus principals and teachers on emergency plans, drills and training. His hands-on, campus-based experience will be instrumental in the school safety division.

West, who was also a lead counselor at two CCISD high schools, has developed systems to improve CCISD’s counseling program, specifically in the area of the social and emotional health of children. West led the counseling arm of the CCISD’s student/parent reunification plan and implemented a standard mental health check system for all secondary schools.  

Captain Rivas provides leadership and supervision of the 39 Galveston County Sheriff officers within CCISD schools. Captain Rivas and her officers provide the law enforcement and criminal investigative arm of the district’s school safety program. 
CCISD’s Safety Network team visits campuses and community organizations regularly to update the public on the District’s school safety initiatives. The District also provides parents, students and staff timely and responsive communication on critical safety matters facing the community today.

Safe Schools Department Contacts

Brian Palazzi
Director of Safe Schools Department

Samantha Torres Perez
Emergency Management Specialist
Erin Kimes
Safe and Secure Specialist 

Cameron Munson
Emergency Management Specialist

Paige Wash
Security Supervisor

Captain Josette Birdow
SLO Division Commander

Lieutenant Charles Cook
SLO District Supervisor

London Endres
Facility Rentals Specialist

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