Statewide Crackdown on School Safety Guides

by Michael Stafford
NewsWest 9

PERMIAN BASIN - It's a new get tough policy to make sure your kids are safe in school.

On Wednesday, the Texas State Attorney General announced a crackdown on districts that don't keep up with a Federal and State mandated ''School Safety Guide.''

Children need a safe and positive learning environment to succeed.

Across the country, we've seen everything from deadly storms to tragic shootings on campuses.

NewsWest 9 spoke with Ector County School Officials about the mandates, and security officials informed us that they've been following State and Federal safety guidelines for the past few years.

Although, it's always a work in progress, because they're constantly having to update the safety manuels.

The Texas State Attorney General is warning all districts that they must adhere to the latest school safety guide or they'll face a lawsuit.

"The School Safety Plan has to encompass all the different ways in which children at school could be in danger.  Obviously, there are things like fires, there are things like tornadoes, there are things like strangers coming on to campus opposing physical harm to the student and schools need to be prepared to deal with all of these with all of these and the different emergencies sometimes require different response mechanisms," State Attorney General Greg Abbott, said.

NewsWest 9 also spoke with the Head of Security at E.C.I.S.D. and he showed us some of the safety manuels they follow, and it deals with everything from the public address system in schools, to making sure city police and fire officials are communicating with the district if there happens to be an emergency.

Coming up on NewsWest 9 @ 10, we will have reaction from E.C.I.S.D. Security about the guidelines, and how they're keeping your kids safe.