Districts turning in their safety plans
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.