CCISD support dog

Prevention specialist Amy Killgore looks down at her support dog, Aldo, in League City on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Killgore and Aldo visit schools in Clear Creek Independent School District to help alleviate students’ school anxieties.

In the months after the May 18 shooting at Santa Fe High School, districts across Galveston County have poured millions of dollars into campus security upgrades, but some education experts argue improvement in mental health programs is more important.

“People’s anxiety is really high right now,” said Laurie Rodriguez, director of special programs for Dickinson Independent School District. “That’s a big piece we are focusing on right now — mental health prevention and critical incident and stress management. We’re working on the prevention side.”

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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