Safety and Security Agreement Workshop

A high demand incident or major emergency can tax any entity beyond its readily available resources. School districts are no exception. The deaths of students and staff may require additional trauma counselors to support students, staff and the community. The recovery phase of an active shooter event may require additional law enforcement to ensure safety and security and enhance traffic management. The expertise of an area mental health agency might be needed to provide bereavement and crisis counseling to students or staff in need of assistance and support ongoing crisis response training for school personnel. Emergency agreements facilitate the rapid mobilization of needed resources by formalizing commitments, specifying roles and detailing processes.

Texas Education Code Section 37.2121 requires that the Texas School Safety Center identify and inform school districts of the types of entities, including local and regional authorities, other school districts and emergency first responders, with whom school districts should customarily make efforts to enter into memoranda of understanding or mutual aid agreements addressing issues that affect school safety and security. These agreements facilitate the rapid sharing of emergency aid and resources. Formalized, pre-event agreements can also support and/or expedite FEMA reimbursement for services, equipment, and supplies after a declared disaster.

To support efforts in creating a school safety and security agreement, the Texas School Safety Center will be hosting a series of no cost workshops to assist district teams through the development and evaluation of their existing agreement. This will be a hands-on collaborative workshop; please plan to bring a copy of your district or campus plan and agreements and be ready to discuss with other participants the strengths and weaknesses you identify.

The workshops are open to school districts, emergency management coordinators, first responders, and/or individuals who play a role with school safety plans and procedures.

Topics covered during the workshop include:

Section 1:
Overview of the Agreement Process

Section 2:
Selecting the Type of Agreement

Section 3:
Key Elements of an Agreement

Section 4:
The District as a Resource Provider

Section 5:
Writing the Agreement, with a focus on using TxSSC developed resources

Section 6:
Workshop Summary


All workshops will take place from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on the dates listed below.

January 23, 2019 ESC Region 8

4845 US-271
Pittsburg, Texas 75686

January 31, 2019 ESC Region 5 (Edison Plaza)

350 Pine Street #500
Beaumont, Texas 77701

February 5, 2019 ESC Region 15

612 S. Irene
San Angelo, Texas 76903

February 11, 2019 ESC Region 20

1314 Hines Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78208

March 27, 2019 ESC Region 16

5800 Bell Street
Amarillo, Texas 79109

April 3, 2019 Liberty Alumni Hall (Alvin ISD)

10855 Iowa Colony Blvd.
Rosharon, Texas 77583

*Must attend entire training to be eligible to receive seven hours TCOLE Credit.

**No cost to attend workshop. Registration is required.

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For more information about this workshop, please contact Cynthia J. Arredondo at or (512) 245-3908.