HISD Police News
From time to time the Hallsville ISD Police Department will publish various informative bulletins to keep our community members in the know. These publishings can be found here, or listed at the bottom of this page as a downloadable file.
Our department believes it takes everyopne working together to raise and educate our future leaders and we will continue to strive daily to create an optimal safe learning environment for our students, teachers and staff.
In 2013 the Texas Legislature made it illegal to use your cellular telephone or other wireless communication devices in school zones specifically because of the safety concerns for our children. The Texas Transportation Code, Sec. 545.425 prohibits use of wireless communications devices, including cell phones in a School Zone. Section 545.4252 creates the same law to cover school property.
So whether you are on a public roadway that is marked as a School Zone or on a campus driveway/parking lot, you MAY NOT use your cellular telephone to text, talk, surf the net or check emails. The only exception to this is if you are using a “hands free” device and you are not holding any portion of the device in your hands.
Many HISD employees, including HISD Police Officers dedicate several hours each week to monitoring the parent drop-off and pick-up process. It is slow and sometimes frustrating for drivers and workers alike. Often drivers are tempted to multi-task by using cell phones and other electronics while moving up in the lines. THIS IS A VIOLATION OF STATE LAW and we ask your cooperation in being a community leader, demonstrating responsible driving habits for the safety of our children.
If you are found by any HISD employee to be using your electronic communication devices illegally, while on HISD School properties, you may be cited. This is a Class C Misdemeanor and is logged on your driving record. The citation can result in two points being added to your license and potentially an increase in your insurance premium. In the worst case, it could result in property damage or someone getting injured!
If you must talk, don’t drive. If you must drive, the conversation will keep until you are able to find a safe place to pull over for it.
HISD has posted signs like the one below at all campuses as a reminder. The choice from here is yours.
God bless and be safe,
Chief of Police HISD Police Dept.
Open Carry Notification
Greetings and best wishes for a great year from the Hallsville ISD Police Department!
There has been a lot of conversation and some conjecture concerning the Open Carry law over the past week or two. Just as many other counties, cities and ISDs are doing I wanted to reach out to you and share some information that should help to clear up any questions. I have received information from the Texas Attorney General as well as the Harrison District Attorney’s office that I hope will resolve any questions that may be lingering out there.
The new Texas law concerning Open Carry went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. This law allows a person with a License To Carry (LTC) to carry his or her firearm openly in a hip holster or shoulder holster. This is a change from the law that formerly required a license holder to carry the firearm in a concealed holster.
The new law does not replace or supersede the current Texas Penal Code Section 46.03, which states that “a person commits an offense if he or she carries a firearm “on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution.”
Due to the new Open Carry Law, signs will now be posted at entrances of each Hallsville ISD facility that will NOT allow guns on the premises. Hallsville ISD campuses, buildings and athletic facilities will be among those that post the weapons prohibitive signage.
Teachers, staff, students, parents and other visitors are PROHIBITED from bringing a gun onto the property or premises of a school or school facility. It is still illegal for anyone, including LTC holders, to carry a firearm to school or district functions such as sporting events, field trips or board meetings. This signage, pursuant to State Law, will be strictly enforced at all times.
For more information, please reference Chapter 46.03 and 46.035 of the Texas Penal Code for an inclusive list of places where weapons are prohibited.
God bless and be safe,
Chief of Police
Hallsville ISD Police Department
|Type||Document Name||Size||Last Updated|
|No Cell Phone Use In School Zones||112 KB||Unknown|
|Open Carry Web Site Notice||66 KB||Unknown|
|2015-2016 HHS Student Parking Regulations||684 KB||Unknown|
|Firearm Open Carry Summary||135 KB||07/17/2015|