Dallas school safety plans

Talia Richmond:

The district is continually training employees on how to respond to threats.

DISD employees and members of the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Fire-Rescue recently went through active-shooter training at Thomas A. Edison Middle Learning Center in West Dallas. The training, which was conducted mostly by Dallas police SWAT officers, included classroom, physical and tactical instruction.

“We will continue to do that,” Dallas ISD Chief of Police John Lawton said.

Elizalde said the district is also stepping up training for hall monitors.

She added that various departments are also going over communication strategies. The district is aware, she said, that if there’s confusion about who takes command, and when, “we lose precious time.”

Staff must also emphasize to teenage students that it’s important not to prop open doors for friends or visitors.

There is no substitute, Elizalde said, for teaching people to share information about potential problems.

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