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Texas School Report Shows 95% of Campuses Won’t Allow ‘Intruder’ Access

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Texas School Security Center released a statewide intruder detection audit report Wednesday.

The report is a compilation of information gathered during school audits, when safety experts showed up at schools unannounced to conduct random background checks on offenders on campuses across the state.

The inspections began on September 12 in direct response to the May Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalda.

According to the report, 2,864 campuses were inspected between September and December 2022. From these campuses

  • 71.6% did not take any corrective action and 28.4% took corrective action.

Of these campuses with corrective actions, 51.4% of the corrective actions were verified as addressed and 48.6% are in the process of being reviewed.

According to the report, inspectors of 95.3% of campuses did not receive unauthorized access to the campus.

According to the report, the campuses were evaluated in stages.

  • Phase 1 was whether the inspector gained unauthorized access to the campus.
  • Phase 2 was whether one or more security issues were found with one or more exterior doors, such as door(s) unlocked, unlocked, broken, and/or propped open.
  • Phase 3 consisted of when the district had a written and/or verbal policy/directive for locking classroom doors, any classroom door in a sample of 8–10 doors was left open and locked.
  • The door inspection phase was whether the campus had documented door inspection processes and/or had no documentation of all exterior door inspections from the previous six weeks.

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