North Zulch ISD has been working with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department as well as Madison County Emergency Management to formulate possible logistics for a Guardian Plan to protect their students from potential unexpected dangers on campus.
In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed two separate methods to allow school district employees to carry firearms on campus. The options were called the “School Marshal Plan” and the “School Safety Training (Guardian Plan).” It is intended to provide hand picked armed educators and employees with the ability to defend themselves and students in the event of an active shooter scenario.
“Nothing has been confirmed as of yet,” said NZISD Superintendent Alan Andrus. “We are having discussions and putting some plans together to send to the board and see if this is something we think can work out.” Naturally, the biggest concern in a threatening situation on campus for NZISD is the response time for law enforcement.
Navasota ISD and Anderson-Shiro CISD recently passed Guardian Plans of their own. The specific details of an individual plan would vary by school, but an armed employee on campus to respond to an emergency on location straight away is the broad idea.
Any staff member presented with this responsibility would undergo extensive and continuous training as well as psychological evaluations to ensure all safety measures are taken.
“This is something that has been discussed in the community and the board for quite a bit now, even before I took over here,” said Andrus. “It is something we wanted to look at a little more closely and put together a committee to use the resources we have. We have had two meetings and they were very positive with a lot of different people offering a lot of input.”
The plans will officially be presented at the next NZISD board meeting, which is scheduled for August 9 at 7 p.m.
School shootings continued to plague students and campus employees across the United States during the 2017-18 academic year.