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Uvalde students return to school for1st time since Robb shooting

Emotions are anticipated to be working excessive as households deliver their youngsters again to school for the primary time since the shooting.

UVALDE, Texas — More than three months after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary, Uvalde CISD students and employees will return to the classroom for the brand new school year.

Robb Elementary was closed after a gunman entered a 4th grade classroom and killed 19 students and two academics on May 24. It occurred over the last week of the 2021-2022 school year.

Emotions are anticipated to be working excessive as households deliver their youngsters again to school after tragedy struck their small city. While most school districts resumed class in center to late August, Uvalde CISD delayed the primary day. The district used a few of that time to agency up its safety plans and cope with the authorized means of terminating former school police chief Pete Arredondo, who confronted questions over the botched regulation enforcement response.

Superintendent Hal Harrell reassured dad and mom at a Monday board meeting that new safety measures are nearing completion and dozens of regulation enforcement officers shall be available for the brand new year.

Below is the newest data on safety measures added to district colleges, campus realignment after the closing of Robb Elementary, and psychological well being providers and counseling out there to assist students and employees deal with the brand new school year.

School safety

The district posted on its website that the next safety measures are presently underway:

  • Installing new 8-foot, non-scalable perimeter fencing on the elementary and junior excessive school campuses; logistics for perimeter fencing on the excessive school campus
  • Installing extra safety cameras throughout the district
  • Upgrading doorways and door locks
  • Providing extra coaching to all employees on the Raptor system
  • Enhancing annual fast response coaching for all employees
  • Ongoing security audit performed by the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC)
  • Reviewing and revising standing insurance policies and procedures
  • Additional coaching for all employees on up to date insurance policies and procedures
  • Additional coaching for the district police pressure
  • Opportunities to replace or improve communication programs, together with police radios and mobile connectivity

Law enforcement presence

Superintendent Hal Harrell stated district police will assist 33 Department of Public Safety officers stationed throughout campuses this year. The state police, he says, shall be primarily accountable for school security and safety.

Three cops from exterior of Uvalde have additionally been employed by the district.

School police chief Pete Arredondo was fired on August 24 amid accusations he mishandled the regulation enforcement response to the shooting. The school board stated Mike Hernandez, a lieutenant for the district’s police pressure, would act as interim chief till a everlasting alternative is discovered. The board additionally stated it plans to have an exterior audit of the pressure.

RELATED: Gov. Abbott declares DPS safety measures for Uvalde ISD

School realignment

According to the newest data from Uvalde CISD, beneath is the grade level alignment after the closing of Robb Elementary (it was beforehand reported that Robb students would attend Dalton Elementary, however that has since modified):

  • The Uvalde Elementary (the Benson Complex) campus will serve students in third and fourth grade below the course of the academics and assist employees from Robb Elementary.
  • Flores Elementary will serve students within the fifth and sixth grades. The academics, assist employees, and directors at Flores Elementary will stay in place.
  • Crossroads Academy shall be relocated to 537 E. Oppenheimer Street. This facility will meet the Academy’s distinctive wants for a versatile school day with a give attention to individualized studying plans.

RELATED: Uvalde CISD declares request to delay begin of school, grade degree alignment modifications

Mental well being and counseling providers

Counselors with specialised backgrounds in trauma and grief shall be out there to serve students and employees in any respect district campuses.

The district introduced a partnership with Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine, also referred to as TCHATT, which helps determine behavioral well being wants of kids and adolescents.

The district can be contracting Rhithm, a company with an app that enables employees and students to log how they’re feeling. Communities in Schools, a nonprofit group targeted on connecting students with resources, can be sending groups to the district to present extra behavioral well being assist to students. 

RELATED: Family Service affords psychological and emotional assist as new school year nears in Uvalde

Additionally, greater than a dozen organizations inside Uvalde shall be providing counseling and psychological well being providers to the Uvalde neighborhood. You can discover a complete list and contact information here.

Available school choices

With many households involved about school security, Uvalde CISD has supplied virtual learning as an choice.. The distant studying is out there to students in grades Ok-12.

Additionally, at the least a dozen students from Robb Elementary have enrolled at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Uvalde. At the school, greater than $1.5 million in contributions from a number of donors has gone towards serving to households fund tuition for his or her youngsters, and enhancing school safety.

RELATED: After the Robb Elementary shooting, some Uvalde dad and mom are selecting non-public or on-line training

Sacred Heart put in 8-foot metal fencing across the campus and applied a most important entrance safety verification system. Windows are additionally on monitor to obtain main upgrades.

Maroon out

On Tuesday, colleges throughout Texas shall be carrying maroon as a present of assist for students and academics returning for his or her first day of school at Uvalde ISD.

Narsiza and Tesia Muniz say their youngsters, who’re students in Medina Valley ISD, shall be carrying Uvalde’s school colours. 

“When I take my children Tuesday, I need to see maroon,’ stated Narsiza Muniz.

The sisters run Moonstruck Designs, a vinyl design business in west San Antonio. To date, they’ve made and bought dozens of t-shirts with the message of ‘Uvalde Strong’ for others to put on on September 6.

“Making these shirts, for us, was just a way of supporting,” stated Tesia Muniz.

The duo plans to donate a portion of the proceeds for his or her gross sales to assist Uvalde.

Other native outlets are additionally creating shirts

The house owners of Takedown 210 stated they’re working by way of Labor Day to end orders. A portion of proceeds will go to the Robb School Memorial Fund at First State Bank.

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