Tyler ISD recently received notification from the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) stating the District has fulfilled all of the safety and security requirements and is in compliance of Texas Education Code Chapter 37.108.
In response to the tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year, Texas Governor Abbott and Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath mandated that districts complete a safety and security audit to help ensure proper precautions are in place in school districts statewide. TEC Chapter 37.108 mandates that every three years school districts are required to conduct a safety and security audit of their district facilities that is administered by the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) at Texas State University and Governor Abbott’s Homeland Security Strategic Plan.
“The safety and security of all our District facilities and campuses is always our priority,” Tyler ISD Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford, said. “Through this audit, Gov. Abbott and Commissioner Morath continue to also prioritize safety and security for students all across this great state of Texas.”
Stipulated in the mandate, certain audit results are required to be submitted to the TxSSC and disseminated in a statewide report that relates to legislative requirements pertaining to safety and security, including:
1. District must submit audit results to the Texas School Safety Center in accordance with TEC §37.108(c);
2. District must conduct safety and security audits for all facilities in accordance with TEC §37.108(b);
3. District must have a safety and security committee in accordance with TEC §37.109;
4. District must adopt a multi-hazard emergency operations plan in accordance with TEC §37.108 (a);
5. District multi-hazard emergency operations must address all four phases of emergency management in accordance with TEC §37.108 (a);
6. District must involve specific entities in accordance with TEC 37.108 (a)(3) in the development and/or coordination of the district’s multi-hazard emergency operations plan;
7. If district has a school located within 1,000 yards of a railroad track, you must have procedures for responding to a train derailment in the district’s multi-hazard emergency operations plan.