Aransas County ISD awarded school safety grant – Corpus Christi Caller-Times

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A South Texas school district was among the handful chosen to receive free access to digital software that will help monitor school safety risks.

Aransas County Independent School District was one of the first five recipients of the Texas Safety Grant awarded by Impero Software, an Austin-based provider of student safety and device monitoring and management solutions.

The grant was created to help schools comply with Texas Senate Bill 11, the school safety law passed in response to the 2018 shooting at Santa Fe High School. Among the requirements is that schools establish threat assessment teams to help identify students who may pose safety concerns and determine the best ways to intervene.

The grant gives school districts one-year access to Impero EdAware, a digital student portfolio that schools can use to record and analyze student behavior information, from depressive episodes to risky online behavior, according to a news release.

The data helps identify potential safety risks and enable informed counseling sessions, conversations about behavior management and student safety interventions, the news release said.

In its grant application, Aransas County ISD said it was “looking to support proactive engagement from counselors, administrators and teachers in a district that does not have dedicated mental health professionals.”

Vicky Camarillo covers education, immigration and other issues in South Texas and the rest of the Lone Star State. Support local journalism with a subscription to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

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