The Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees passed safety measures Monday that would allow teachers to carry a concealed weapon on school property.
Teachers and staff can voluntarily be apart of the program, which will have a process that includes a psychological review, fingerprinting, background check and administrative approval, district officials said.
There is an extensive training component and an annual training requirement, district officials said. Participants will remain anonymous.
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The program, called the Defender Program, will also provide classrooms with safes that will hold a safety vest, pepper spray and a trauma kit, district officials said.
Other components include:
- Trauma and intruder training for all staff.
- One Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, two Intervention Counselors, and an Intervention Teacher to support students’ social and emotional needs as a preventative measure.
- A School Safety Coordinator who will be specifically focused on safety plans and processes for the District.
- Training for students including safety drills and a “See Something; Say Something” training on situational awareness.
- The implementation of a district-wide character education program.