December 2, 2022
SABINAL, Texas - On June 1, 2022 Governor Abbott directed the Texas Safe School Center, in coordination with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), to develop and implement a plan to conduct random, unannounced, intruder detection audits to determine any school safety and security weak points in all Texas school districts and to determine how quickly the intruder could penetrate into
buildings without being stopped. The audit also included examination of each exterior door and
their individual security capabilities. Additionally, the audit examined interior doors and other
security measures used to detect or to respond to intruders inside the buildings.
On November 17, the Texas Safe School Center conducted their School Intruder Detection Audit
at Sabinal ISD. The “Intruder” was stopped by school personnel outside the rear of one campus,
thus defeating the intruder access to any facility. The Auditor then tested the school screening
process before being allowed into the school. Interior and exterior doors were checked for proper
security functionality, as well as active and passive security measures. Overall the audit did not
detect any safety or security concerns and the district received a 100% pass rate.
“Long before the tragic events on May 24, 2022, Sabinal ISD has been vigilant in our efforts to
keep our schools safe and secure for our students and staff with numerous layers of defense from
an intruder. Our district has been a leader in conducting annual meetings with local, county and
state First Responders to ensure proper communication and reaction if a situation were to occur
in our schools” stated Superintendent Richard Grill.