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Representative Steve Toth Introduces Legislation to Protect Texas School Children, Teachers and Campuses  print page

by: Rep. Toth, Steve
03/27/2019

AUSTIN—Representative Steve Toth (The Woodlands) attended yesterday's House Public Education Committee hearing to lay out House Bill 3290, his legislation requiring Texas school districts and junior colleges to work with first responders to create emergency operations plans that better protect students, teachers and staff in the event of a threat. The bill also directs campuses to implement safety and security audits and hold drills to ensure the campus is ready to respond in case of an emergency.

“No child should have to worry about their safety during school. We need to ensure our campuses are safe and prepared to handle emergencies so our children, teachers, administrators and staff can focus on learning in the classroom,” Rep. Toth said. “I’m proud to have authored and laid out House Bill 3290, which works with a number of other school safety bills to protect innocent lives and ensure Texas schools are places of learning -- not fear.”

School safety has been declared an emergency item by Governor Abbott and a top priority for the Texas House of Representatives.

House Bill 3290 directs each school district to create a plan that addresses preparedness, response and recovery in the event of an emergency. The plan must provide for employee training, drills for students and district employees and coordination with first responders. HB 3290 also requires districts to undergo a safety and security audit and develop a special threat response policy.

If enacted, the bill requires school districts and junior colleges to present their plans for approval by the Texas Commissioner of Education and directs law enforcement to submit the coordinated plan to the Department of Public Safety for annual certification.

Click here to read the full text of the House Bill 3290.

https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/pdf/HB03290I.pdf#navpanes=0

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