2020-2023 K-12 School District Audit Cycle:
DARtool Now Open!
The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) has opened the District Audit Reporting Tool (DARtool) for districts to submit their safety and security audit results for the 2020-2023 audit cycle. Superintendents were sent an email containing the link to the DARtool and their access code (unique to each district) on April 14, 2023. The deadline for submitting district safety and security audit results is September 15, 2023. Refer to the School Safety and Security Audit Toolkit for guidance on conducting safety and security audits.
Mandatory Drills for Schools
As required by Texas Education Code Section 37.114, the TEA 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 Texas School Safety Center has updated the following resources to reflect these new mandates: Training, Drilling and Exercising Toolkit and the Drill Guidance for Schools Document.
School Safety and Security Committee Guidelines
Texas Education Code specifically describes who shall serve on a School Safety and Security Committee, how often they shall meet and what they are charged to implement. This committee must actively participate in developing and implementing emergency plans for campuses and other facilities. The TxSSC has developed guidelines and FAQs to assist districts with this important task. Download the Committee Guidelines
EOP Basic Plan Toolkit
When developing the district’s multi-hazard emergency operations plan (EOP), the “Basic Plan” is the foundational document necessary when creating a district EOP. The Basic Plan provides essential information for the district’s leadership and key personnel to manage emergencies that affect the district. The EOP Basic Plan Toolkit includes plan templates, planning resources, and links to training that will assist the district’s EOP planning teams.
View the EOP Basic Plan Toolkit