• August 15, 2018

     Dear Parents: 

    We take the safety and security of your children very seriously. Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our area while school is in session, we want you to be aware that Denton ISD and W.S. Ryan Elementary have made preparations through a detailed disaster plan, formulated to respond effectively to any crisis situation.  All public schools in Texas are required to meet stringent disaster response standards.  Your child(ren) will be cared for at W.S. Ryan, should we have a major incident or disaster during school hours.

     Every campus in Denton ISD:

           ·         Has an identified Building Emergency Response Team and maintains a current Building Emergency Operations Plan.  Every staff member is trained in the appropriate                        responses and their responsibilities. 

    ·         Regularly conducts fire, severe weather, and lockdown drills to ensure that our staff and students are prepared in case of an emergency. We work closely with city emergency responders to guarantee quick response times in case of an emergency.

    ·         Posts maps illustrating primary and secondary evacuation routes, as well as the nearest weather-safe location in every classroom. 

    ·         Has several weather-safe areas.  In the event of severe weather, staff and students will move to their designated spot until it subsides.

    To help ensure the safety of your children during emergencies, your cooperation is vital. In case of such an emergency, please help us by doing the following:

    ·         Do not telephone the school, as phone lines are needed for emergency communication. Any large overload of calls may result in the entire phone system shutting down, disabling phone contact with emergency personnel.

    ·         In the event of a serious incident, students will be kept safe until they are picked up by an identified, responsible adult, who was designated as an emergency contact by parents through the online registration.

    ·         Please do not rush to the school during a tornado warning/severe weather to pick up your child.  We will follow safety procedures, which includes having all students AND staff taking shelter in a weather-safe location on campus.  We will not dismiss students during severe weather if students’ and staff members’ safety is at risk.

    • Be sure to contact the WS Ryan office at 940-369-4600 anytime your phone number(s) and/or email(s) change, so we have updated contact information to reach you in case of an emergency. 

    In addition, our Elementary Schools are being equipped with a new secure entry system, requiring parents to be visible on camera before entering the building. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these procedures, please contact us at 940-369-4600.



    Nicole Poole, Principal                     Yesi McCleskey, Assistant Principal