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The bond programs include a more than $20 million investment in safety and security enhancements to campuses and facilities throughout the district. These enhancements include closed-circuit televisions, card reader door access, exterior security lighting, fire alarms, accessibility improvements, and security fencing among others.
Beyond these safety and security renovations, the District is also committed to safety on every project for every campus.
The District views safety as a partnership in prevention among the contractors, project managers, safety consultants and administrators on campus and at the district level. Contractors and subcontractors are required to submit a safety plan before they begin work on campuses. All workers must plan and perform their work in a safe manner, following standard procedures and seeking advice from the consultants if there is any doubt regarding how to proceed. All general contractors, in partnership with appropriate staff, must review work plans and project execution to assure that only qualified personnel are assigned, and that safety procedures are consistently incorporated into every task and project.
Each contractor working on projects in the Bond Program must perform criminal background checks on all workers. The contractor must maintain records of these background checks at the work site. Contractors, who fail to meet these requirements, can be held in default and forced to stop work.
All contractors, subcontractors and workers are required at all times to wear a visible photo-ID badge with the name of the worker and firm. The Austin ISD safety consultants conduct periodic random checks to monitor compliance with these requirements and to ensure safe working conditions. The safety consultant takes immediate action to resolve any safety or compliance issues.
If you see an unsafe construction situation or hazard at your school that you consider an emergency, please call Bob Deases at (512) 791-7662 or Chuck Deases at (512) 844-5874. You may also fax us regarding any unsafe construction situations or hazards at your school at (512) 266-8566.