At least “one emergency law enforcement drill per semester” would have to be conducted to address emergencies like active shooter situations, according to the bill. The bill would also require students to be present when the drills were conducted.
"We started this semester with student ID cards as another form of an added security measure for our campus as well as helping us out in a lot of different ways," said Dr. Jimmy Shuck, Principal at S.C. Lee Junior High School.
Per the agreement, the access will be restricted to emergency situations such as a threat to the school, a 911 call received from the school or somewhere nearby or assistance requested by the school.
Kemp said his school safety plan will include $30,000 for each of the state’s 2,294 public schools to use for school security.
The events of 2018 have school safety at the top of mind for Texas legislation.
New security measures are in place at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools this year, following the Oct. 29, 2018, shooting of a student at Butler High School.
New security measures include an emphasis on emergency training and drills, access control and student wellness.
More than half a million students, parents and staff members had their personal information exposed in a data breach in 2018.
Wisconsin is requiring schools to develop crisis management procedures and share their safety plans with the community. The De Pere School Board’s latest school safety plan is 88 pages long.
House Bill 1035 focuses on school resource officers while House Bill 1038 aims to authorize certain school employees to carry firearms on campuses.