The county said this is important for them to include in their policies.
Corpus Christi, Texas – School districts across Texas are reviewing their best safety and security practices after a gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi and killed 19 students and two teachers in May. Corpus Christi ISD Institute He recently updated their regulations to officially include a closed door policy, according to a press release from the district.
“While we implemented the ‘If it can lock it up, it should lock down’ measure in 2013 after the Sandy Hook tragedy, it was important to take an extra step to formally include it in our policies,” said Kirby Warnick, CCISD Chief of Police.
Warnick met with district officials on July 21 to discuss policy. The new rule was added to the policies of the CCISD Board of Directors on July 25.
President Warnke met with 3NEWS at Garcia Elementary to discuss door lock policy.
“If you don’t shut your outside door and the classroom door, we know tragedy can happen,” Warnick said.
It also addresses questions about how children get out during another type of emergency such as a fire.
“Everything we do is shrewdly dealing with fire law, so the doors are designed not to let the bad guys in but in an emergency we can all get out,” Warnick said.
Regulation CLAWhich deals with the management of buildings, land and equipment, and now includes:
To ensure a safe learning environment for all students and staff, all classrooms/school districts will be closed and closed during the educational day. This requirement includes, and must apply to, all classrooms used by substitute teachers.
“In addition to meeting all state requirements for safety and security, we continue to consider feedback from across the community as we work to maximize safety,” said Supervisor Dr. Roland Hernandez. “Determining these important employee expectations in policy helps us all understand how important it is to ensure that doors remain closed for everyone’s safety.”
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The district has also taken measures to modernize its bullying reporting system, which will now include an improved platform that can accept a wide range of safety-related inquiries, according to the statement. The district said the new reporting system should be ready before the first day of school, which is Tuesday, August 9.
“I am proud of our employees for taking the initiative to look for ways to continue to enhance safety in our area,” Hernandez said. “Together, we can prepare and look forward to the new school year.”
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