Dallas ISD has long assigned police officers to its secondary schools. Now, in the wake of the shooting deaths of 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut, the district’s 150 elementary schools will have a police presence.
This week, police officers from Dallas, Seagoville, Addison and other cities within the school district will patrol and monitor the elementary schools.
The increased security comes as Texas officials call on school districts statewide to re-evaluate their safety plans. Attorney General Greg Abbott chastised 78 school districts — including Melissa and Kennedale in the Dallas-Fort Worth area — that had either failed to file school safety audits or submitted incomplete reports to the state.