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Texas has ordered districts to audit and fix school security issues

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FILE - Investigators search for evidences outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 25, 2022, after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers. The district's superintendent said Wednesday, June 22, that Chief Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde school district's police chief, has been put on leave following allegations that he erred in his response to the mass shooting.
File-Investigators May 25, 2022, outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Search for evidence. After an 18-year-old shooter killed 19 students and 2 teachers. District directors said Wednesday, June 22, that Uvalde school district police chief Pete Arredondo was on leave after allegations of making mistakes in responding to the shootings. Photo: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

Austin, Texas (AP) — State Authorities Thursday , Ordered local school districts throughout Texas to audit and fix school security flaws before the start of the next school year.

The Texas Education Agency has issued a directive requiring districts to "support the safety and security of public schools." State legislators are targeting school safety and mental health issues without further restricting access to firearms.

TEA's orders specifically address how safe each school's external doors are using weekly external door sweeps to ensure they are closed and locked. is. The directive has been more than a month since an 18-year-old shooter entered the unlocked door of Yuvarde Elementary School and shot and killed 19 children and two teachers. The

district also needs to review multi-hazard emergency operations and active threat plans. All campus staff, agents, and district threat assessment teams need to be trained in emergency procedures. All mandatory training for the academic year must be scheduled before the academic year.

Next, district officials must complete and submit the investigation to the Texas School Safety Center by September 9 to prove that the action of the directive has been completed.

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