Includes Using Technology to Improve School Safety
In total there are 40 recommendations within the plan. The majority of those action items are centered around:
- Increasing Law Enforcement Presence in Schools
- School Safety and Security Measures
- Mental Health, Behavioral Threat Assessment Initiatives
- Providing Emergency and Active Shooter Training
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a plan today to improve school safety that features changes and recommendations relating to adding law enforcement officers to schools, enhancing mental health support structures, strengthening gun security measures and more.
Governor Abbott described the 40-page safety plan, released 12 days after ten people were killed in a school shooting at a Santa Fe high school, as “a starting point, not an ending place.”
A press release from the governor’s office says the plan identifies nearly $110 million in total funding for various initiatives, including immediate funds for the Santa Fe community and $70 million that will be available to communities shortly.
“It provides strategies that can be used before the next school year begins to keep our students safe when they return to school,” Abbott said in a statement.
Some of the proposals in the plan will require legislative approval while others can be implemented right away.