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Safety tops concerns as Texas students return to classes

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Lindsey Wiley
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Some districts have implemented rules such as mandatory clear or mesh backpacks.

  • Many Texas schools start this week. As KERA's Bill Zeeble reports, in the aftermath of the deadly Uvalde shootings, safety and security are leading concerns.
    In addition to more hardened and, locked school entries with a growing number of surveillance cameras, Dallas ISD's new superintendent Stephanie Elizalde says students in grades 6 through 12 must now use clear or mesh backpacks.
    "Safety and security is our number one goal. Always. It has been and it will continue to be."
    Texas has ordered checks on every public school door and lock statewide. And districts like Frisco, McKinney and Plano are partnering with police for additional campus security. The state legislature has also shifted $100 million to increase safety and mental health programs. I’m Bill Zeeble in Dallas.
  • Checking KETR's regional government calendar, in Hokpins County, the commissioners court is scheduled to meet at 9 o'clock this morning. Two city council meetings happening Tuesday evening - the Commerce city council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. And in Emory, the city council is set to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.