15 ETX districts not compliant with school safety measures

Monday, December 17, 2012 - 4:11pm

In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today urged school districts across Texas to review their safety plans and implored districts that have not submitted their complete school safety audits to make doing so a priority. The Texas School Safety Center reports that of the 1,025 public school districts that are required by law to submit their safety audits, 38 did not do so and another 40 reported but did not meet full compliance.

“Proper preparedness and safety in our schools is not just an exercise, it will save lives when seconds count,” said Attorney General Abbott, who is a board member of the Texas School Safety Center. “As we all mourn the horrific loss of innocent lives in Newtown, we must ensure that not another minute passes where Texas school districts are unprepared for an incident in our own state. My office will continue working with the Texas School Safety Center to ensure that every school district across this state has an effective school safety plan in place.”

The Texas Education Code requires that Texas public schools conduct safety audits once every three years. By requiring regular audits and emergency procedure practice sessions, schools and local law enforcement will be better prepared to act.

Abbott continued: “Having a plan is important, but executing that plan under stress – when seconds count – is critical to saving lives. Texas schoolchildren must be safe and secure. The difference between life and death frequently hinges upon how educators and law enforcement respond in the seconds before and after a violent incident. Campus security audits provide crucial information about the proper response during disaster situations.”

The Texas School Safety Center, created in 1999 in the aftermath of the Columbine tragedy, provides schools with research, training and technical assistance to reduce youth violence and promote safety in Texas schools. As the state’s chief law enforcement official, Attorney General Abbott remains fully committed to ensuring students are protected from school violence.

In addition to calling on school districts to immediately comply with Texas statute, Attorney General Abbott is strongly encouraging Texas students, parents and school staff to report alarming behavior to authorities.

Texas school districts with no school safety audit on file with the texas school safety center. East Texas schools listed in bold.

Anahuac ISD
Aransas County ISD
Beaumont ISD
Beeville ISD
Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD
Borden County ISD
Bushland ISD
Cayuga ISD
Centerville ISD
Claude ISD
Cooper ISD
Coupland ISD
Crandall ISD
Cushing ISD
Darrouzett ISD
Denver City ISD
Dodd City ISD
Edinburg CISD
Evadale ISD
Excelsior ISD
Frankston ISD
Gary ISD
Grandfalls-Royalty ISD
Gregory-Portland ISD
Hooks ISD
Huckabay ISD
Iredell ISD
Irion County ISD
Italy ISD
Kennard ISD
Kennedale ISD
Kirbyville CISD
La Feria ISD
La Vernia ISD
Laneville ISD
Lapoynor ISD
Leakey ISD
Leonard ISD
Levelland ISD
Leverett’s Chapel ISD
Marathon ISD
Martinsville ISD
May ISD
Melissa ISD
Milford ISD
Miller Grove ISD
Morgan ISD
Natalia ISD
North Forest ISD
Pewitt CISD
Pleasanton ISD
Premont ISD
River Road ISD
Riviera ISD
Roby CISD
Rochelle ISD
Roscoe ISD
Rotan ISD
Samnorwood ISD
Schleicher ISD
Shamrock ISD
Shiner ISD
Sidney ISD
Sierra Blanca ISD
Spurger ISD
Stafford MSD
Timpson ISD
Tioga ISD
Union Hill ISD
Valley View ISD
Van Vleck ISD
Warren ISD
West Sabine ISD
Westhoff ISD
Wharton ISD
Wildorado ISD
Woden ISD
Zavalla ISD

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