Ahead of the new academic year, Texas is set to implement a series of laws aimed at improving school safety. Responding to recent incidents, policymakers have prioritized the safety of students and staff. From September 1st, these new regulations will be in force across Texas classrooms and campuses.
To increase school security, armed officers or staff will be required on campuses. Staff will also receive training to identify students who require mental health support while prioritizing early intervention.
Classrooms will be installed with silent panic buttons that can alert the authorities of emergencies, providing prompt assistance and coordination.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will have the increased authority and oversight to enforce security regulations. The state will conduct joint campus security assessments every four years through collaboration with the Texas School Safety Center.
Guidelines for notifying families of violent activities on campus will be established, emphasizing transparent communication between schools, parents, and law enforcement. School districts will be required to provide detailed maps of their buildings to the Texas Department of Public Safety and local emergency responders, strengthening collaboration.
In implementing these new laws, Texas is taking active measures to achieve school safety. These regulations aim to promote a proactive approach towards security and address critical areas of concern to ensure the well-being of students and staff.