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Texas School Districts Urged to Review School Safety Plans in Wake of Connecticut Shooting

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School districts in Texas are urged to review their school safety plans in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is calling on all Texas school districts to review their safety plans, and urged school districts that have not submitted their complete school safety audits to make doing so a priority.

“Proper preparedness and safety in our schools is not just an exercise, it will save lives when seconds count,” said Abbott.

The Texas School Safety Center reports that 38 of the state’s 1,025 public school districts have not submitted their safety audits, despite being required by law to do so.

Another 40 school districts have submitted their audits, but did not meet full compliance.

The Texas Education Code requires that Texas public schools conduct safety audits every three years.

“Having a plan is important, but executing that plan under stress – when seconds count – is critical to saving lives,” Abbott continued.

The Texas School Safety Center was created in 1999 in the aftermath of the Columbine school shooting.

Schools across the area that did not submit a school safety audit include Levelland ISD, Roscoe ISD, and Rotan ISD.

The complete list of school districts without a school safety audit on file is available here.

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