Bexar County Education and Law Enforcement Officials Discuss School Safety and Security

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Principals explained what they needed to keep campuses safe and tackle mental health, while law enforcement explained training and incident response protocols.

SAN ANTONIO — The Bexar County Legislative Delegation hosted a series of panels on school safety and security as families send their children back to class this fall.

Judson ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Ball and Northside ISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods joined the delegation to discuss campus security.

Following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, districts have re-examined their protocols and procedures to best ensure the safety of students and staff. Dr Woods said that this summer there has been more emphasis on security audits and checking exterior doors, in particular.

As of last count this week, NISD staff had checked about 29,000 interior and exterior doors on campus. This year, Dr. Woods said the district will double down on procedures.

Dr Ball said the JISD was preparing its community for “inconvenience” to be tough on safety.

“People will have to wait a little longer to check in, they may not be easily allowed into our building, but these inconveniences serve a purpose,” she said.

She also added that the district would need more funding to make schools more secure, such as fencing at open campuses and camera infrastructure.

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Local law enforcement joined the summit to discuss training, working with other agencies and sharing resources.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar expressed confidence in the agencies’ response should an active shooter situation arise at an area school.

“Absolutely, we are trying to prevent this situation, but if it were to happen, I know exactly how all these agencies here have to react, we are going to get in there, we are going to stop the slaughter, and we are going to stop the dying,” he said. he said.

Increasing law enforcement funding was also discussed.

Edgewood ISD Police Chief Jesse Quiroga said the district would use additional funds to purchase reactive equipment to neutralize threats, but would also like to make schools more secure and invest in prevention programs and resources. in mental health.

The full summit can be viewed here.

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