Los Angeles Unified moves to strengthen safety protocols in light of Texas shooting

Los Angeles Unified is expanding its safety protocols in light of the mass shooting that occurred at an elementary school in Texas on Tuesday. The district is evaluating extra measures as well as reevaluating current mental health offerings.

LAUSD announced it would perform an access assessment to reduce entry points and identify the safest areas at each school for families, employees and first responders. It will also begin sharing school maps with first responders and is considering using GPS apps in schools to better guide them during crises, though it’s not yet clear what that would look like.

The district also said it is working on providing more mental health support to students focused on prevention and early identification and is considering reducing its student-to-counselor ratio and providing sensitivity training to employees.

These moves follow the mass shooting Tuesday during which a gunman killed 19 children and two adults at a Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The shooting was one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.—Kate Sequeira