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Gov. Abbott directs immediate school safety review including random security checks

AUSTIN, Texas — Governor Abbott is requesting a whole safety review of Texas public faculties, including random, unannounced security checks, within the wake of the Uvalde school capturing.

School security has been within the highlight after a gunman was capable of get right into a facet door of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24 and killed 19 college students and two academics.

Governor Greg Abbott in the present day despatched a letter to Dr. Kathy Martinez-Prather directing the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) to start instantly conducting complete school safety critiques of all Texas public faculties 

Abbott needs the group to make sure that school’s particular person safety and security committees meet forward of the brand new year and give you plans for every campus’s wants. He additionally needs them to coach and review procedures with every campus and conduct unannounced random critiques of school security and campus entry.

“The work and trainings provided by the Texas School Safety Center has reached thousands of schools and instructors and has benefited millions of Texas school children,” reads the letter. “However, the tragedy at Robb Elementary School last week requires us all to do more. I am charging the TxSSC, in coordination with the TEA, to develop and implement a plan to conduct random inspections to assess access control measures of Texas school districts. Among other reviews, your team should begin conducting in-person, unannounced, random intruder detection audits on school districts. Also, the TxSSC should immediately begin working with my office and the Legislature on recommendations to improve current security systems and determine the funding necessary to continue the work of hardening our schools against outside threats. Texans have never shirked away from a challenge, and I know with the support of state leadership, we can continue the work of improving each student’s experience in our schools.”

Abbott needs the TxSSC to offer a progress report of findings to the Governor’s office and the Legislature by October 1. 

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