We are closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 to determine how best we can continue serving schools throughout Texas. With the growing number of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) nationally, we have canceled all currently scheduled in-person trainings until further notice. AVAILABLE NOW: In an effort to continue providing School Behavioral Threat Assessment training during this time, we have transitioned this in-person training to a virtual format. See the updated information below on how to register for one of these virtual trainings.
With the passage of Senate Bill 11, Texas now joins the short list of states in our country to legislatively mandate the implementation of threat assessment teams in its Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools. 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 threat assessment team 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.
*Must attend entire virtual training to be eligible to receive 7 hours TCOLE Credit.
In order to receive 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.
Please note that officers 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 the video. If you need to excuse yourself from the training, please private message your TxSSC facilitator during the training. The facilitator will be introduced at the beginning of class. Please understand that if the facilitator notes that you are not in attendance and has not heard from you after 15 minutes of not being in the video, you will be released from the training and no credit for the class will be given.
Business casual attire is requested.
All virtual trainings will be provided through the Zoom online meeting/webinar platform.
To pre-install the Zoom meeting/webinar software click Download Zoom Desktop 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 contact an event coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org