A Parent's Guide to School Safety Toolkit

4.1 Other

Students smiling, excited to go to class

Restraint and Chemical Irritants

A peace officer performing law enforcement duties or school security personnel performing security-related duties on school property or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity may not restrain or use a chemical irritant spray or Taser on a student enrolled in fifth grade or below unless the student poses a serious risk of harm to themself or another person.

Safety of Referees, Judges, or Other Officials

Any spectator, which includes parents or guardians, of a school sponsored event will face consequences for intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to a referee, judge, or other official. Consequences include not being allowed to attend any future extracurricular athletic activities or competitions sponsored or sanctioned by the school district or the University Interscholastic League (UIL) for at least year, not to exceed five years.

Weapons Possession

It is against the law to intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possess a firearm or other prohibited weapon on the premises of a school or postsecondary educational institution. This includes licensed handgun holders. The law includes school grounds, school buildings on which an activity sponsored by the school is being conducted, or on a bus or other school passenger vehicle. The only exception to this law is the written regulations or written authorization from the school district.

Safe Firearm Storage

School districts and open-enrollment charter schools must be provided information and resources on the safe storage of firearms to distribute to the parents or guardians of each student.

School District Access

A school district may require a person who enters school property to show their driver’s license, or other form of photo identification issued by the government. A district employee or student identification card is also acceptable. The person must provide the identification on request.

A school district may eject a person from district property if:

  • the person refuses or fails to provide on request identification described above
  • it appears that the person has no legitimate reason to be on district property