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Texas Leaves School Safety Largely To Districts

After the mass shooting at a high school in Florida, there are many questions about school safety across the nation

The Texas Education Code requires school districts to adopt a multi-hazard emergency operations plan.

What that plan looks like is up to the individual districts.

"The plan has to address preparedness, response and recovery for any type of emergency," Texas Education Agency spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson said.

"It has to provide for district employee training in responding to an emergency. It has to include information about mandatory school drills and exercises."

The school districts also have to coordinate with the health department, law enforcement and fire departments for emergency response. And they have to conduct a safety audit of all their facilities every three years.

In a statement, the Houston Independent School District said its police officers attend annual active shooter response training and have recently received new equipment to deal with shooters on campus.

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Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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