K-12 School Safety and Security Audit Toolkit

2.4 Protecting Sensitive K-12 Audit Data

The Texas Education Code (TEC) §37.108(c-1) states the following:

Except as provided by Subsection (c-2), any document or information collected, developed, or produced during a safety and security audit conducted under Subsection (b) is not subject to disclosure under Chapter 552, Government Code.

However, certain exceptions regarding disclosure are permitted under the TEC §37.108(c-2). A document relating to a school district's multi-hazard emergency operations plan is subject to disclosure if the document enables a person to:

  1. Verify that the district has established a plan and determine the agencies involved in the development of the plan and the agencies coordinating with the district to respond to an emergency, including the Department of State Health Services, local emergency services agencies, law enforcement agencies, health departments, and fire departments;
  2. Verify that the district's plan was reviewed within the last 12 months and determine the specific review dates;
  3. Verify that the plan addresses the four phases of emergency management under Subsection (a);
  4. Verify that district employees have been trained to respond to an emergency and determine the types of training, the number of employees trained, and the person conducting the training;
  5. Verify that each campus in the district has conducted mandatory emergency drills and exercises in accordance with the plan and determine the frequency of the drills;
  6. If the district is a school district, verify that the district has established a plan for responding to a train derailment if required under Subsection (d);
  7. Verify that the district has completed a safety and security audit under Subsection (b)
  8. If the district is a school district, verify that the district has established a visitor policy and identify the provisions governing access to a district building or other district property.

In addition, Section 24. Subsection (a), Section 552.116, Government Code reads as follows:

(a) An audit working paper of an audit of the state auditor or the auditor of a state agency, an institution of higher education as defined by Section 61.003, Education Code, a county, a municipality, a school district, or a joint board operating under Section 22.074, Transportation Code, including any audit relating to the criminal history background check of a public school employee, is excerpted from the requirements of Section552.021. If information in an audit working paper is also maintained in another record, that other record is not accepted from the requirements of Section 552.021 by this section.

Finally, school boards may discuss sensitive audit data in a closed session, thus protecting that information from open records. Section 3.07. Section 551.076, Government Code reads as follows:

DELIBERATION REGARDING SECURITY DEVICES OR SECURITY AUDITS; CLOSED MEETING. This chapter does not require a governmental body to conduct an open meeting to deliberate: (1) the deployment, or specific occasions for implementation, of security personnel or devices; or, (2) a security audit.