2017-2020 DAR Survey Questions


The reporting period for the 2017-2020 K-12 safety and security audit cycle opens April 15, 2020. This reporting cycle is not applicable to charter schools. The charter school audit cycle began in 2019 and will end in 2022. Given recent legislative changes, the TxSSC is posting the district audit report (DAR) questions early this cycle to help districts prepare to answer these questions.
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Behavioral Threat Assessment Model Policies and Procedures


As required by the 86th Texas Legislature and SB 11, the Texas School Safety Center, in coordination with the Texas Education Agency, has developed model policies and procedures to assist school districts in establishing and training threat assessment teams now mandated by TEC Sec. 37.220. The following model policies and procedures are consistent with the requirements of TEC 37.115 and reflect research-based best practices.
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Best Practices for Safety in Portable Buildings


As required by the 86th Texas Legislature and SB 11, the following resource outlines safety and security best practices developed to assist schools in ensuring the safety all persons in portable buildings used for instruction. In the context of this resource, “best practices” are considered to be those actions or techniques that have been tested through experience and/or research and have been demonstrated to be efficient and effective ways of accomplishing the task or goal. (View the resource…).

Training, Drilling, and Exercising Toolkit: Drill Recommedations

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The passage of Senate Bill 11 by the 86th Texas Legislature added chapter 37.114 to the Texas Education Code. This new section addresses emergency evacuations and mandatory school drills for public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools. As required by this new section, the Texas School Safety Center has made recommendations to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for drill requirements. TEA will publish the final rules in June 2020.
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Engage and Empower Students for a Stellar School Year

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Wouldn’t it be great to bottle that “fresh start” feeling that launches each new school year so you could spike the cafeteria’s chocolate milk cartons with it when student engagement begins to lag? Authentically centering student voice and engaging youth in participation projects could be the answer. We know that student perceptions and student input are inextricably linked to providing a safe campus climate. Since linking student voice and engagement is an abstract idea, let’s look at recent research to make it more concrete. (Read more…)

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