Texas Schools Must Install Window Security Film

Schools are required to source a contractor by August 2023, and $400 million in grants is available for the window upgrades.

Texas Schools Must Install Window Security Film

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Note: With Texas now making window security film a requirement in all schools, and we anticipate more to follow suit since the Covenant School tragedy, Campus Safety is hosting a free webinar on May 2 to address the topic. The webinar, “How to Prevent Active Shooters from Entering Through Glass Windows and Doors,” will teach attendees how to:

  • Delay an active shooter from entering through glass doors or windows by up to six minutes
  • Understand the difference between security film ballistic glass within the broad spectrum of glazing security solutions
  • Find and procure possible grant opportunities for campus glazing security improvements

If you can’t make the live webinar, it will be made available on demand.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is now mandating that each school district and open-enrollment charter school install entry-resistant film on ground-floor windows, glass doors, and windows near glass doors.

Specifically, TEA is requiring that, “Windowed doors on the ground level or windows that are adjacent to or near a door and are large enough to allow someone to enter if broken must be reinforced with entry resistant film unless within a secured area.”

School systems are required to source a contractor by August 2023, and $400 million in grant funding is being offered by the state to help districts in “replacing or upgrading doors, windows, fencing, communications, and other safety measures to get compliant with the new Texas school safety standards establish in November of 2022,” reports NGS.

A study conducted last year by Campus Safety found that 43% of the school, college, and healthcare facility professionals surveyed believed their glass doors and windows are the security systems most likely to fail during an unauthorized intrusion. Additionally, 35% of respondents said their glass windows and/or doors are broken at least once a quarter.

Security glazing installed on windows and other types of glass openings can help prevent or at least mitigate security incidents involving active shooters, bomb blasts, vandalism, and riots, as well as mitigate damage from high winds and earthquakes. Additionally, depending on the security solution installed, it can help reduce energy costs and help improve occupant comfort.

The window security requirements are in addition to the thousands of unannounced intruder audits Texas is conducting of schools in the state following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas last May in which 19 students and two teachers were killed.

To read more about Texas’ School Safety Updates that were published in November, click here.

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About the Author

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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3 responses to “Texas Schools Must Install Window Security Film”

  1. I would like to know if Center for Employment Training (CET) qualifies to apply for this funding. We have 12 training sites and one satellite. Please advise.

    Yvette Galindo
    Facilities Superintendent

  2. Rod Gregg says:

    If you can’t get in through them, you can’t get out in an emergency. Better make damn sure the doors are in working order. Also, there must be anti-car concrete pillars in front of them because the next thing an active shooter would try is just driving through the glass doors. Security glazing isn’t going to stop a vehicle. And neither is a brick wall, most likely. IMHO, schools should be vehicle resistant all the way around, including barriers or grates that will support people, but not vehicles and would collapse to prevent a vehicle from getting to the school building exterior.

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