School safety plans are being updated and scrutinized after the deadly school shooting in Connecticut.
School districts across Texas are required to conduct and submit regular safety audits reports. But on Monday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said 78 school districts out of the states 1,025 districts are out of compliance. Of that total, 38 school districts had not filed a safety audit, and 40 did not meet full compliance, according to a Texas School Safety Center report.
The Attorney General’s Office posted the list of noncompliant school districts online. No Galveston County school districts were on the list.
The Texas Education Code requires public schools to conduct safety audits every three years. Those plans lay out responses to natural, technological and human-made hazards.
Abbott called on all school districts to review their safety plans.
Clear Creek school district conducts monthly checks of its security protocol, said school district spokeswoman Elaina Polsen.
The district will do everything from checking to make sure exterior doors are locked to seeing that there are no bricks or rocks around that could be used to break a window, Polsen said.
Galveston school district spokesman Johnston Farrow said the district has a written security plan that is reviewed periodically.
The Galveston district, as many other school districts in the county, was reviewing its plan after the Connecticut shooting. Galveston school district Police Chief LeeRoy Amador met with Police Chief Henry Porretto, and Superintendent Larry Nichols asked principals to go over the emergency plan with staff Monday.
“The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority,” Nichols said. “I am confident with the safety measures we have in place in our district, and we will use this opportunity to review those measures with staff.”
At a glance
Seventy-five school districts out of the states 1,025 districts either do not have or do not meet safety audits report requirements, according to the Texas Attorney General.
All Galveston County school district’s are in compliance. A list of those school districts with no school safety audit on file with the Texas School Safety Center was published online by the Attorney General’s office on Monday.