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Attorney General Abbott urges school districts to review safety plans

In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Monday urged school districts across Texas to review their safety plans and implored districts that have not submitted their complete school safety audits to make doing so a priority. Among those school districts that had no school safety audit on file with the Texas School Safety Center were the Excelsior ISD, Timpson ISD and Martinsville ISD. The Texas Education Code requires that Texas public schools conduct safety audits once every three years. By requiring regular audits and emergency procedure practice sessions, schools and local law enforcement will be better prepared to act. “Proper preparedness and safety in our schools is not just an exercise, it will save lives when seconds count,” said Attorney General Abbott, who is a board member of the Texas School Safety Center. “As we all mourn the horrific loss of innocent lives in Newtown, we must ensure that not another minute passes where Texas school districts are unprepared for an incident in our own state. Abbott said his 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. Joining the Excelsior, Timpson and Martinsville ISD on that non-compliance list were the Gary, Cushing, Woden & West Sabine ISDs within our immediate area.

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