State law encourages districts to implement building risk or hazard assessment protocols.
Texas Statutes Education Code 37.108 Multihazard Emergency Operations Plan; Safety and Security and Security Audit
(a) Each school district or public junior college district shall adopt and implement a multihazard emergency operations plan for use in the district’s facilities. The plan must address prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery as defined by the Texas School Safety Center in conjunction with the governor’s office of homeland security and the commissioner of education or commissioner of higher education, as applicable. The plan must provide for: (6) the implementation of a safety and security audit as required by Subsection (b). (b) At least once every three years, each school district or public junior college district shall conduct a safety and security audit of the district’s facilities. To the extent possible, a district shall follow safety and security audit procedures developed by the Texas School Safety Center or a person included in the registry established by the Texas School Safety Center under Section 37.2091. (b-1) In a school district’s safety and security audit required under Subsection (b), the district must certify that the district used the funds provided to the district through the school safety allotment under Section 42.168 only for the purposes provided by that section. (c) A school district or public junior college district shall report the results of the safety and security audit conducted under Subsection (b) to the district’s board of trustees and, in the manner required by the Texas School Safety Center, to the Texas School Safety Center. The report provided to the Texas School Safety Center under this subsection must be signed by: (1) for a school district, the district’s board of trustees and superintendent; or (2) for a public junior college district, the president of the junior college district. (c-1) Except as provided by Subsection (c-2), any document or information collected, developed, or produced during a safety and security audit conducted under Subsection (b) is not subject to disclosure under Chapter 552, Government Code.
Texas Statutes Education Code 37.109 School Safety and Security Committee
(b) The committee shall: (3) provide the district with any campus, facility, or support services information required in connection with a safety and security audit required by Section 37.108(b), a safety and security audit report required by Section 37.108(c), or another report required to be submitted by the district to the Texas School Safety Center.
Texas Statutes Education Code 37.207. Model Safety and Security Audit Procedure.
(a) The center shall develop a model safety and security audit procedure for use by school districts and public junior college districts that includes: (1) providing each district with guidelines showing proper audit procedures; (2) reviewing elements of each district audit and making recommendations for improvements in the state based on that review; and (3) incorporating the findings of district audits in a statewide report on school safety and security made available by the center to the public. (b) Each school district shall report the results of its audits to the center in the manner required by the center. (c) In addition to a review of a district’s multihazard emergency operations plan under Section 37.2071, the center may require a district to submit its plan for immediate review if the district’s audit results indicate that the district is not complying with applicable Standard. (d) If a district fails to report the results of its audit as required under Subsection (b), the center shall provide the district with written notice that the district has failed to report its audit results and must immediately report the results to the center. (e) If six months after the date of the initial notification required by Subsection (d) the district has still not reported the results of its audit to the center, the center shall notify the agency and the district of the district’s requirement to conduct a public hearing under Section 37.1081. This subsection applies only to a school district.
Texas Statutes Education Code 37.208. On-Site Assistance.
On request of a school district, the center may provide on-site technical assistance to the district for: (1) school safety and security audits; and (2) school safety and security information and presentations.