Reinforced window and glass film are coming to McKinney ISD’s campuses.

The board of trustees approved $1.3 million to purchase forced-entry resistant film for the district’s exterior glass windows and doors at an Aug. 28 meeting.

Long story short

The Texas Education Agency updated its rules for school safety requirements. Per the new standards, schools must have:
  • Exterior doors that are resistant to entry by an intruder
  • Exterior glass windows and doors covered with forced-entry resistant film
  • Silent panic-alert technology
  • Exterior master key boxes
  • Emergency responder two-way radio boosters
This purchase comes after the district implemented new safety upgrades regarding House Bill 3 for the 2023-24 school year.

District officials received three bids for the film and selected NGS Films' proposal of $1.2 million because it was the “best value,” according to district documents. An additional $100,000 allowance for unexpected issues was added to the purchasing cost, the agreement states.

The installation process will take two to three months to complete, according to the agreement.

One more thing

Senate Bill 838, by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, became law May 5 and must be followed by the 2025-26 school year. Under this law, all public and charter school classrooms must have silent panic-alert devices. The devices, which can be activated manually or through an app, can alert district officials and law enforcement to the following:
  • An active shooter situation
  • A medical emergency