The Texas School Safety Center has been closely monitoring the status of COVID-19. The link above will provide Texas educators with updates regarding statewide training, data collection requirements, and efforts to support schools during this time. We will continue to post updates to this page as the situation evolves. We have also created a COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage to address the most commonly requested resources and information from the Center during this crisis. We acknowledge that schools are navigating an unprecedented situation, while trying to maintain instructional continuity and provide basic needs to Texas students. Your leadership through this time is commendable and helping to ensure the public health of our communities.
Mandatory Drills for Schools
As required by TEC Sec. 37.114, the Commissioner, in coordination with the Texas School Safety Center and State Fire Marshal, has adopted rules for mandatory school drills for public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools. The TxSSC has updated the Drill and Exercise Toolkit and the Drill Guidance Document. The current version of the Drill Guidance Document has considerations on how to prepare and conduct drills during COVID-19.
View the Drill Guidance Document
KEEP ’EM SAFE, TEXAS
Practicing safe gun storage protects our kids, prevents accidents, and keeps our guns out of the hands of criminals. The Texas Department of Public Safety, through its awareness campaign, KEEP ’EM SAFE, TEXAS, provides posters, flyers, and videos to help educate parents about how to safely store firearms. Visit the website to download materials in English and Spanish to share with parents and your community. Help spread the word about safe gun storage and keep fellow Texans safe.
Visit the KEEP ’EM SAFE, TEXAS Website
Continuity Of Operations Plan (COOP) for Schools
In Texas, school districts are required to have a district multi-hazard emergency operations plan (EOP). A vital part of a comprehensive EOP is a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), which is a guidance document on how to continue operations under adverse conditions. The current COVID-19 outbreak has made updating or implementing a district COOP extremely important. To support these efforts we have updated the COOP template.
Download the COOP Template
Addressing Child Maltreatment During COVID-19
The TxSSC knows our Texas educators are earnest and diligent in their efforts to protect the safety and wellbeing of every student. Although we cannot yet know the full scope of the impacts the coronavirus pandemic will have on our school communities, a particular concern reverberating across the nation is the increased potential for child abuse or neglect. To assist educators facing difficult situations during remote or in-person learning, we compiled a list of state and national resources toward preventing, identifying, and reporting suspected child abuse, neglect, and trafficking. (Read more…)
Resources for School Recovery after COVID-19 Closures
Schools have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We know much uncertainty exists in all aspects related to this crisis, including the process of recovery as schools begin resuming activities. Recovery will take time and should be considered in a holistic manner given the scope of processes, people, and places affected by COVID-19. We encourage educators and administrators to openly communicate about recovery, be realistic about the challenges they and their district face, and exercise patience in moving forward. (Read more…)
How to Reduce Testing Stress for a Safe and Productive Spring Semester
Standardized testing can bring on feelings of stress and anxiety. Students often suffer from poor sleep and impaired decision-making when stress is high, and may even put themselves in unsafe situations attempting to reduce stress. Below, we discuss these relationships and outline tools you can incorporate into class time to help students decrease stress. We encourage educators to share this information with students so they can stay healthy and safe throughout the semester, including spring break! (Read more…)