Month

July 2018
Q: In light of recent tragic events, we are getting a lot of open records requests for our school and District safety plans, emergency operations, maps of the school, etc. How do we respond when we receive a request like this? Do we have to release this information? A: The Texas Public Information Act (“TPIA”)...
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Q: Our District is exploring options to increase security on our campuses, including (possibly) the use of metal detectors. We are looking at both walk through and hand-held detector “wands.” What are the legal risks for using metal detectors generally, and what issues should we be aware of? A: Using either type of metal detector...
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Q: We are getting a lot of questions from our community about school safety issues right now and the Board has asked me to report on our current emergency operations and plans. What aspects of our current plan should we consider updating and how do we go about it? A: The Texas Education Code requires...
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Q: Our District is considering several options to protect our campuses, one of which is commissioning our own police force. Is this possible, and what are the requirements if we decide to pursue that option? A: Yes. The Texas Education Code allows school districts to create their own police force in accordance with Section 37.081,...
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