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Best Practices for Safety in Portable Buildings

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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 student safety and the safety of 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…)

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TEA School Safety and Security Grant Application Available

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TEA has made the application for $100 million in grant funds appropriated in SB 500 available. The grant awards can be used for safety-related improvements to school facilities and the application due date is January 22, 2020. You can access the potential award amounts and grant application at the TEA Grant Opportunities site, by selecting 2019-2021 School Safety and Security Grant as the Application Name. More information about this grant opportunity can be found in the TEA Program Guidelines.

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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The 5 Phases of Emergency Management Approved Definitions

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As required by the 86th Texas Legislature and SB 11, the Texas School Safety Center, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and the Texas Education Agency, has defined prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery as each is required to be addressed in school district’s and junior college district’s multi-hazard emergency operations plans mandated by TEC Sec. 37.108.
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