Lubbock ISD implementing new provisions to address school safety - FOX34 Lubbock

Lubbock ISD implementing new provisions to address school safety

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Creating a culture of security is a top priority for school districts in the area, as implementations are underway to improve student safety. 

Lubbock ISD Superintendent Kathy Rollo said the best preventative measure is centered around communication and building relationships with students. 

"One of my pillars of our work is loving people. That means loving our kids too and making sure the adults understand the importance of developing relationships with their kids," Rollo said. "But beyond that, we've done work around developing threat assessment teams who actually watch student behavior and watch student actions to determine if this is an issue that we need to make sure we interact and intervene proactively."

Rollo said one way schools are trying to expand mental health awareness is by adding training courses to the curriculum. 

"We are looking at ways to create some socially emotional learning. That's part of it. We are putting in some new curriculum around that because that is preventative. That's helping our students learn how to deal with the stress of life in a way that's positive and gets them on the right track," Rollo said.

Rollo said hardening facilities and improving building security is paramount for school safety going forward. 

"Another thing we're doing this year is locking classroom doors on the inside of the building. Research shows us that is the number one thing we can do if there is an active threat in the building is make sure kids get behind the locked classroom door, lights out, and out of sight. So all of our classroom doors are locked on the interior of the building, as well as the exterior doors," Rollo said.

In addition to these measures, Rollo said police departments are actively collaborating with schools in the district. 

"We have police officers that are assigned to every campus. That doesn't mean there is one police officer on every campus, but every police officer has a set of campuses that they're responsible for on each of our four comprehensive high schools and they're there full time," Rollo said. 

She added each campus needs to be equipped with secure vestibule entrances, which requires visitors to arrive at the main office with credentials.

This is something the district would like to add if voters approve its $130 million bond request in November.

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