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 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. (Read more…)

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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.
Read the Drill Recommendations

Engage and Empower Students for a Stellar School Year


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.

Resources for Dealing with the Aftermath of Violent Events


Mass shootings or any type of violent event that targets our schools can have a devastating impact on students, parents, school staff, and the community. The Texas School Safety Center has compiled a list of resources* to assist parents/caregivers, teachers, and school administrators in helping students who are experiencing trauma, confusion, or fear in the aftermath of violence.

* The National Child Traumatic Stress Network