Superintendent David Hedges said that student safety is the school district’s first priority, and the new signs emphasize that policy.
Something that Melissa Bedford and Brandy Ruggles, whose kids attend Petrolia Elementary, agree is a good thing.
“Three seconds of reading that sign is three seconds that we didn’t have before and its a possible re-direction we didn’t have before,” Bedford said.
“Makes us all feel safer, feels like you can actually let your kids go to school without any worries as far as any dangers with other people coming in with things they shouldn’t have,” Ruggles said.
Hedges said since Petrolia has no police department, they are no longer totally reliant on
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office to arrive in time to take action.
Now Petrolia is one of 172 school districts in Texas that allow staff to carry on campus.
Other districts in this area that have this policy include Harrold ISD and Holliday ISD.