Some Area Districts Not In Compliance With Texas School Safety Rules

AUSTIN (December 17, 2012)—Four Central Texas school districts, Centerville ISD, Iredell ISD, Milford ISD and Morgan ISD, are among 78 around the state that aren’t in compliance with state school safety requirements, Attorney General Greg Abbott said Monday.

Districts are required by law to submit safety audits, but the Texas School Safety Center said 38 districts did not and that another 40 did, but did not meet requirements for full compliance.

It wasn’t clear Monday whether the four area districts failed to report or failed to meet requirements for full compliance.

"Proper preparedness and safety in our schools is not just an exercise, it will save lives when seconds count," Abbott said Monday in the wake of the shooting Friday in at an elementary school In Newtown, Conn., that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.

"While we are saddened by the tragedy in Newtown, we can't let another second tick by without getting school districts prepared to encounter the same type of situation in our state. My office will continue working with the Texas School Safety Center to ensure that every school district across this state has an effective school safety plan in place<’ he said.

Texas schools are required by law to conduct safety audits once every three years.

“The difference between life and death frequently hinges upon how educators and law enforcement respond in the seconds before and after a violent incident,” Abbott said.

“Campus security audits provide crucial information about the proper response during disaster situations,” he said.

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