Central ISD new safety measures include training ‘selected’ people to carry gun on campus

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Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 3:07 PM CDT
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POLLOK, Texas (KTRE) - With school safety on the forefront of everyone’s minds, many school districts are changing and updating their policies.

Central ISD is one of the schools to revise their school safety measures for this year.

The district has adopted a guardian plan that allows certain staff members to carry firearms on campus.

Superintendent Justin Risner says the staff members who will carry are selected by a committee.

He also says a mental health evaluation and firearm training are needed before they can have firearms on campus.

Those carrying guns on campus also will have continued training.

“You know you have to look at your staff and different roles and see where the need is. Unfortunately, with a threat or safety measures, you never know where that need is going to be. So, the more locations you have, the more eyes you have, the more firearms you have on campus obviously the safer and more efficient we can be,” Risner said.

Risner also said they found an officer who is a certified teacher.

“So, he will teach science for us half a day, and the other half of the day he’ll be patrolling parking lots, helping with assemblies, and anytime there are visitors on campus, and also just doing the duties that our other officers do,” Risner said.

High School students are already required to wear I.D. badges on campus. Under the new security plan, students in fifth through eighth grades will also be required to wear an I.D. badge.

The badges will help identify students attending the school.

“All exterior doors will be locked at all times; they were open during passing periods, but now they will be locked, so every student will be required to have a visible badge as they walk around,” Risner said.

Risner also says the track at the elementary school that was normally open for public use will be closed during school hours.

“I know it’s an inconvenience to the community, but you know I think everyone can agree safety is the first priority to us,” Risner said.

The track will be closed weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

It will still be open on weekends.

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