Texas Schools Get Security Risk Audits and Video Systems from MDI LearnSafe
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Three independent school districts in Texas are working with MDI's LearnSafe division to enhance security on their school campuses.
North East Independent School District in San Antonio, TX issued a purchase order to MDI for campus digital video surveillance systems These systems will be part of a district-wide digital video surveillance initiative coordinated by security and IT personnel working with MDI staff. North East ISD is the ninth largest district in Texas with 60 schools and 59,600 students.
Two Texas school districts, Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco and Goliad, have undergone risk audits by MDI's LearnSafe Initiative professional services team, in compliance with the safety and security audit components of Texas State Senate Bill 11.
The next step in the audit process for the two districts is to develop a phased risk mitigation plan, which may encompass implementing new forms of security such as access control and video surveillance.
Senate Bill 11 is an executive mandate that required all schools in the state to conduct comprehensive school safety audits before August 31, 2008 and then to repeat the process every three years. The results of the audit are reported to the district's board of trustees and the Texas School Safety Center to identify safety and security practices, policies and needs on each school campus.
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