Dis­tricts turn­ing in their safety plans

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - — tim ea­ton, amer­i­can-states­man Staff

As of Wed­nes­day, most of the nearly 80 non­com­pli­ant school dis­tricts across Texas had filed their state-man­dated safety plans.

Texas At­tor­ney Gen­eral Greg Ab­bott said Mon­day that 78 dis­tricts had not submitted sum­maries of their emer­gency plans — like the ones that would be in ef­fect if an in­ci­dent sim­i­lar to the New­town, Conn., shoot­ings were to oc­cur.

But Jen­nifer Steele, as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of the Texas School Safety Cen­ter at Texas State Univer­sity, San Mar­cos, said that 50 of the 78 dis­tricts had sent in sum­maries of their plans as of Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, and more will likely come in.

“We have been get­ting a va­ri­ety of calls,” Steele said. School dis­tricts have wanted to know how to up­date their plans, while con­cerned par­ents have been call­ing the cen­ter and ask­ing what they can do to make their lo­cal dis­tricts safer, she said.

“We really do re­as­sure them that Texas schools are safe,” Steele said, adding that the cen­ter’s staff also stresses that par­ents shouldn’t be­come com­pla­cent and should part­ner with school ad­min­is­tra­tors to make sure cam­puses re­main ded­i­cated to safety.

The Texas School Safety Cen­ter was cre­ated in 1999, af­ter the Columbine High School shoot­ings in Colorado.

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