A new safety measure will be implemented to ensure that all school employees are trained on the best way to safely work in a classroom, according to a letter released Thursday by the Austin Public Schools.
The district says the measure, which will take effect in January 2019, will include a more uniform policy, including more frequent, more detailed training, and a mandatory 24-hour training session for all school workers.
The Austin Independent School District is a city-owned district with about 13,000 students in Texas.
The plan will require school districts to implement safety measures such as installing new safety equipment such as metal detectors and a new seat belt system, which requires employees to wear their belts for a certain length of time before entering the classroom.
The district also plans to upgrade the cafeteria facilities, with a new seating area designed to accommodate more students.
The letter states that the school district will also work with the Austin Police Department and the U.S. Department of Education on a project to build a safe, supportive and inclusive workplace environment for all staff members.