Round Rock ISD is providing a safety update before classes resume

They discussed collaboration between the administration, police and behavioral services to determine students’ needs, but some parents expressed concern.

Round Rock, Texas – Round Rock ISD Those in charge of receiving a Safety and security updates by the District Police Department at a board meeting Thursday night.

This is done three weeks before students return to class.

The update included the RRISD PD timeline and officer experience. More than 50 percent of officers are mental health certified and have experience negotiating in a crisis, a spokeswoman said.

They worked with the administration, police and behavioral services to determine the needs of the students.

Some parents spoke in the public comment section and said that having officers in schools does not ensure student safety. Several of them expressed concern about the officers who serve as counselors for the students.

A spokesperson for the district’s police department said they want to make it clear that officers do not serve as counselors, but instead can mentor students and refer any other needs to social workers.

RELATED: Round Rock ISD to conduct safety and security audit of all campuses

“The school district’s board of trustees shall coordinate with the district’s campus behavior coordinators and other district employees to ensure that the school district’s peace officers, school resource officers, and security personnel have only duties related to law enforcement interventions and not behavioral or behavioral duties. . Administrative duties are better handled by other district employees, said one parent who spoke to the board.

One of the mothers said that she does not believe in making schools harder.

A Round Rock ISD parent said, “SROs and other police officers were in Uvalde at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and nothing happened. Kids died. Having a police officer on campus would never have stopped a school shooting. It causes a lot of damage. has been.”

Round Rock ISD is getting a new police chief. Chief Dennis Weiner will lead the school district’s police department starting Monday.

The district is scheduled to begin safety audits of all campus buildings in August.

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