Nacogdoches County coordinator for school safety: 'The governor's plan is a wish list'

The Standard Response Protocol has many of the same recommendations lined out in the state School and Firearm Safety Action Plan. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The Standard Response Protocol has many of the same recommendations lined out in the state School and Firearm Safety Action Plan. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Standard Response Protocol coordinator for Nacogdoches County, Robert Hurst (l) remains reserved about the implementation of all recommendations on the state's Safety Action Plan. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Standard Response Protocol coordinator for Nacogdoches County, Robert Hurst (l) remains reserved about the implementation of all recommendations on the state's Safety Action Plan. (Source: KTRE Staff)

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - School districts across the state are now responsible for reviewing the governor's school and firearm safety action plan.

When it comes to meeting the recommendations, some districts in Nacogdoches County will have their work cut out for them, but others are ahead of the game.

"In our county, it will vary by school district because some have already been very proactive," said Robert Hurst, the standard response protocol coordinator for Nacogdoches County.

Hurst is coordinating the standard response protocol for Nacogdoches County's nine public schools.

Nacogdoches ISD Police Chief Sandra Murray is fully on board.

Both student safety advocates know fulfilling Gov. Abbott's recommendations will be a work in progress.

"That's one of those things that will be an a to z answer because some are in improving shape," Hurst said. Some are struggling, but it is through no fault of their own. They're trying. "

"The lockdown is a little different," said Sgt. Carolyn Meredith with the NISD Police Department. "It's locks, lights, and out of sight."

One task for Meredith and Murray is to train everyone in Nacogdoches ISD the five degrees of the standard response protocol.

"We have a pretty big task in front of us in the 2018-2019 school year because we are going to have to train probably, including students and staff, about 7,000 people," Murray said.

Hurst said a proactive approach will vary from school district to school district.

"In most cases, we are ahead of the game in the physical security on the school campus and/or the surveillance technology that may be there," Hurst said.

The goal for Nacogdoches County is to share each school's security methods within a year with law enforcement.

"So that we know that at one school what they have and what we're seeing is the same thing we might be seeing at another," Hurst said.

Hurst remains reserved about the implementation of Gov. Greg Abbott's funding proposal for school safety. Overall, an action plan is a good start.

"These are the kinds of things we wish we could do," Hurst said. "It's unfortunate that it took tragedy to bring this about, but maybe we can push some of these through this time."

This summer training sessions and security purchases are planned in some of the nine public school districts in Nacogdoches County.

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