AUSTIN (KXAN) — Several school districts in Austin and surrounding communities recently underwent surprise intruder inspection audits, with two campuses reporting an issue that was found and addressed. This process is done in accordance with safety measures formed after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde this summer.
The audits, led by the Texas School Safety Center, inspect campuses for potential safety hazards, like unlocked exterior doors, and review visitor check-in procedures. These measures, among others, were mandated by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 1, just days after the tragedy in Uvalde. They began throughout the state Sept. 12.
Round Rock ISD reported an Intruder Audit happened at four of its campuses. Three of those had no findings, but one campus did have an open outside door.
A spokesperson with RRISD said it addressed this finding, and the district continues to assess and adapt its school safety measures. This includes third-party safety audits conducted at the district’s request.
Austin ISD also had a campus that failed an exterior door test, which has been addressed, a spokesperson said. It’s had 16 safety audits in total.
Below is a round-up of what local school districts shared about their audits. KXAN reached out to 18 districts and is still awaiting responses from several Central Texas districts.
Bastrop ISD said it experienced an audit that was “good,” and it plans to share more details in its board meeting Tuesday night.
Eanes ISD had two campuses inspected with no findings, it said.
Georgetown ISD said it underwent one intruder audit and passed. The representative for the district did not indicate if multiple campuses were visited during this inspection.
Hays CISD had four audits and passed each of them, the district said.
Hutto ISD said it had not undergone an audit.
Lake Travis ISD had no findings during audits at two of its campuses.
Pflugerville ISD said Murchison Elementary had an audit and passed.
Wimberley ISD also said it underwent an Intruder Audit at its Blue Hole Primary School campus and passed inspection.
The campuses are selected at random by the Texas School Safety Center. The audits themselves are facilitated by contractors sent by the 20 education service centers of the state.
The Austin area is in Region 13. A representative with the region says 60 audits were completed last month. 80 more were planned for October.
The director of the Texas School Safety Center, Dr. Kathy Martinez-Prather, estimated that since the audits began in mid-September, the agency has conducted 1,000 intruder inspections.
She says the ultimate goal for the agency is to inspect 75 percent of campuses in the Lone Star State.
She stresses that the audits are part of a collaborative effort to find potential safety hazards.
“There’s going to be findings, but at the end of the day, I think the most important piece here is that corrections were made,” said Martinez-Prather. “That’s what we want, and we know that’s what school districts want.”