Frenship ISD: Ensuring mental health of students is top priority
With school set to start back up August 19 at Frenship ISD, the district is prioritizing school security.
However, it is not just about adding measures to harden facilities.
Chief of Police Roy Bassett said the top priority is ensuring the mental health of students.
"As we all know, unfortunately, mental health issues are not something that just crop up once a kid is out of school. So it's important for all of our officers to have a really good foundation on how to deal with mental health issues and how best to address that," Bassett said.
That is why Frenship ISD is taking a proactive stance with its police department.
"Being a smaller department, we're fortunate that we're going to be sending our entire department to a 40-hour mental peace officer certification course, and so by the time school starts on August 19, all of our officers will be certified as mental health peace officers," Bassett said.
Bassett said the district can only do so much though, as the solution starts at home.
He added it is up to parents to have open communication with their children and when to address potential risks.
"See something, say something is not just a clever saying. It's truly the way we need to be in this day and age. Safety is everyone's responsibility," Bassett said.