With the passage of Senate Bill 11, Texas now joins the short list of states in our country to legislatively mandate the implementation of behavioral threat assessment teams in its Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools. Behavioral Threat Assessment provides a proactive, evidence-based approach for identifying individuals who may pose a threat and for providing interventions before a violent incident occurs.
The board of trustees of each school district is now required to establish a Safe and Supportive School Program Team that conducts behavioral threat assessments to serve at each campus of the district. The Board must also adopt policies and procedures for the teams that are consistent with the model policies and procedures developed by the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC). In addition, each team is required to complete training provided by the TxSSC or a Regional Education Service Center.
We are offering School Behavioral Threat Assessment training to enable districts to meet this requirement. Beginning September 1, 2019, the training includes two steps*:
Take the "Behavioral Threat Assessment" online course through the School Safety Learning Portal: This course will introduce key concepts of threat assessment and is a prerequisite to register for the School Behavioral Threat Assessment virtual training.
School Safety Learning Portal
- Register for and attend a School Behavioral Threat Assessment Virtual Training: After successfully completing the online course, each participant will be given a unique code that will enable them to register for the School Behavioral Threat Assessment virtual training. *To register for the School Behavioral Threat Assessment Virtual Training, individuals must follow the steps noted above.
Please note: This training is open to Texas public ISDs, open-enrollment charter schools, school-based law enforcement, and any state agency that serves on an identified Threat Assessment team. Because this training is legislatively mandated, we are encouraging all School Behavioral Threat Assessment team members to complete the training. Registration slots will be filled in the order received. Due to limited space, vendors and contractors are not permitted to register for this training. Registrant must be identified as a Texas district/charter school Threat Assessment team member.
Completion of both the online course and the virtual training will meet the new State requirements for threat assessment training. To learn more about the new requirements view the Threat Assessment video in the Legislative Guidance Video Series.
In order to receive Texas Commission Law Enforcement (TCOLE) credit for this training each Texas Peace Officer and/or individual seeking TCOLE credit must do the following:
- Take the training on either a desktop, laptop or tablet with a camera. Cell phones are not permitted to be used for the training.
- Allow your webcam video feed to be active and monitored throughout the entire training, and you must be visible from the shoulders up.
- Be in an appropriate space free from distractions and remain focused throughout the training.
- You are not allowed to be driving while participating in the training.
A TxSSC facilitator will be monitoring attendance the entire training and will be making contact with any individual who is not present in their webcam feed.
You must attend entire training to be eligible to receive 7 hours TCOLE Credit. If a portion of the class is missed, then the entire training must be made up at a later date. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to reschedule.
Business casual attire is requested.
Please submit all special accommodations request(s) via email to email@example.com no later than two weeks prior to the training.
All virtual trainings will be provided through the Zoom online webinar platform.
To pre-install the Zoom meeting/webinar software click Download Zoom Client for Meetings, or click the following link to watch a video tutorial on How to join a Zoom Meeting. Once you are registered and confirmed, a direct Zoom link will be sent to you 1-2 days prior to the training date.
All times listed below are in the Central Time Zone.
To begin registration, select any date tile labeled "OPEN".
For more information about the School Behavioral Threat Assessment Virtual Trainings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .