School Safety Learning Portal
This online education platform brings TxSSC’s trainings to a wider audience enabling participants to learn at their own pace and complete prerequisites for some in-person workshops. Register for an account, build a learning profile to select courses most relevant to you, and track your progress. All courses are free, and participants will receive certificates verifying the successful completion of each course.
A Parent's Guide to School Safety Toolkit
The Texas School Safety Center understands that school safety is a primary concern for parents and guardians. A Parent’s Guide to School Safety introduces key school safety topics, highlights relevant Texas laws, and provides specific information that you and your child need to know. The guidance and resources will equip you with how to best support your child and your child’s school. This toolkit is designed to be a resource in which you can read from start to finish, or you can utilize the Table of Contents to read more about specific safety topics. A Spanish version of this toolkit is coming soon.
Higher Education Safety and Security Audit Toolkit
The Higher Education Safety and Security Audit Toolkit provides institutions of higher education with a model process for conducting ongoing safety and security assessments required under Texas Education Code §37.108. Audits should be an ongoing process with the aim of identifying hazards, threats, and vulnerabilities that might pose a danger to life or property and/or may interfere with a safe, secure and healthy environment. Specifically, this toolkit provides guidance and job-aids pertaining to forming an audit team, conducting the assessments, developing a written report, protecting sensitive information, and reporting requirements.
COVID-19 and Mental Health Considerations Amid Reintegration to School Toolkit
This toolkit addresses how mental health has been impacted by COVID-19 and mental health considerations for how to best support students, staff, and parents in the transition back to school. Proactively providing behavioral health services and supports in the school environment can help prevent academic and emotional decline. These mental health considerations are divided into eight topics. Each topic includes information applicable to a school setting and key takeaways.
Digital Threat Assessment Toolkit
The Digital Threat Assessment Toolkit introduces basic techniques for conducting internet searches. It teaches threat assessment teams how to assess threats on social media and those facilitated through technology. Developed in collaboration with Safer Schools Together, the information in this toolkit is meant to enhance the effectiveness of your threat assessment team and your existing framework for threat assessment.
School Safety and Security Audit Toolkit
The School Safety and Security Audit Toolkit provides public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools with a model process for conducting safety and security audits of their facilities and safety and security processes as required by Texas Education Code Sec. 37.108. The toolkit provides guidance and job-aids to assist with forming and training an audit team, conducting document reviews and site visits, protecting sensitive audit information, and reporting results as required by current Texas statute.
High-Quality Multi-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan Toolkit
The High-Quality Multi-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) Toolkit guides school personnel and planning committees through the process of developing, updating, or revising an EOP in a manner consistent with current standards and best practices. This toolkit offers background information and resources, including job-aids, templates, samples, guides, and checklists, to help ensure your school district’s EOP complies with the TEC §37.108 requirement that each district have a multi-hazard EOP, which addresses prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management Toolkit
Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management is recognized as a best practice for preventing school violence and is included as a recommendation as a part of Governor Abbott’s school safety plan for Texas. Threat Assessment provides a proactive, evidence-based approach for identifying individuals who may pose a threat to themselves or others and for providing interventions before a violent incident occurs. This toolkit introduces the concept of threat assessment and outlines how a threat assessment program functions in a school setting.
Before You Text: Sexting & Bullying Prevention, Education & Intervention Course
The Before You Text: Bullying and Sexting Course may be used in part or in its entirety as an educational tool. There is also an accompanying test to demonstrate successful completion of this course. Upon answering 80% or more of the test questions correctly a certificate of successful completion is available for printing. This course addresses bullying and sexting, and addresses the legal, social, emotional, educational, and career impact of these activities. Due to the content of this course, this course is recommended only for those 12 years of age and older.
School Safety Law Toolkit
This toolkit was designed to assist practitioners in identifying school safety-relevant legislation and explaining the applicable laws. This resource organizes legislative mandates and guidance around key topic areas including bullying, emergency management, dating violence, school-based law enforcement, substance use, and the social and cultural environment.
Safety and Security Agreements Toolkit
Agreements between school districts, law enforcement agencies, governmental entities, community organizations and other first responders can help facilitate a coordinated response in the event of an emergency and should be included in a district’s Emergency Operations Plan. This toolkit provides information about the common types of agreements along with customizable templates and samples to assist schools in developing appropriate safety-related agreements. The toolkit also addresses a school district’s legal responsibility to participate in Texas’ statewide mutual aid system.
Youth Preparedness Events Toolkit
The Texas Youth Preparedness Camp brings teams of youth from across the state together to complete the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training and acquire the leadership skills needed to complete emergency preparedness projects in their schools and/or communities when they return home. This toolkit provides the resources and guidance needed for schools or organizations to replicate this successful program and implement Youth Preparedness Events in their own schools and/or communities.
K-12 Standard Response Protocol Toolkit (Texas Edition)
The K-12 Standard Response Protocol (SRP) Toolkit offers guidance and resources for incorporating the Standard Response Protocol into a school safety plan, for critical incident response within individual schools in a school district. The intent of this toolkit is to provide basic guidance with respect for local conditions and authorities. The Texas Edition incorporates Texas specific guidance and mandates into these processes and materials.
K-12 Standard Reunification Method Toolkit (Texas Edition)
The K-12 Standard Reunification Method (SRM) Toolkit offers guidance and resources for incorporating the Standard Reunification Method into a school safety plan. School emergencies may require an evacuation or change the operational schedules of a school, necessitating a well-organized and structured way to reunite students with parents and guardians while the school retains accountability for their students. The Standard Reunification Method provides guidance for schools in the development and execution of student/parent reunifications.
Training, Drilling, and Exercising Toolkit
Training, drilling, and exercising are key features of a comprehensive emergency management program and facilitate the establishment of a culture of preparedness. Preparedness builds the capability to respond effectively and recover from emergency incidents. Regular training, drilling, and exercising using pre-determined and appropriate protocols will reduce the possibility that students and staff become victims in an emergency and ensure that responses are well executed.
Texas Crime Stoppers Local Program Directory
Campus Crime Stoppers programs can help prevent dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations from occurring among our student populations both on and off campus. Reports of bullying, cyberbullying, truancy, sexual misconduct, suicide hindrance, animal cruelty, illegal drugs, weapons, human trafficking, theft, child abuse, dating violence, and more can all be submitted through the anonymous tip reporting system. Providing students an opportunity to help their school, community, and peers by discreetly reporting suspicious behavior or criminal activity allows students to proactively become part of the school safety solution and ensure youth who are at-risk receive services they need. This directory is a complete list of Local Crime Stoppers Organizations throughout the state.
REMS Guide For Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans For Institutions Of Higher Education
As required by 37.108 of the Texas Education Code, public junior college districts shall adopt and implement a multi-hazard emergency operations plan for use in the district's facilities. This toolkit, provided by the REMS TA Center, outlines similar planning principles to our High-Quality Emergency Operation Planning Tool, however, provides specific considerations for institutions of Higher Education.
School Safety Spotlight Program
We want to hear what you, your school, district, or colleagues are doing to make a difference in our schools and communities as it relates to safety and security. Recognizing the creativity and diversity of Texas schools, programming, and personnel, the School Safety Spotlight Program has five categories from which nominations can be made.
Averted School Violence Data Collection System
The Averted School Violence (ASV) system, developed by The Police Foundation and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services, is an online data collection form and incident report library, which allows law enforcement, school personnel, and mental health professionals to anonymously share and view reported incidents of averted and carried out school violence. The ASV allows for the sharing of lessons learned and exchange of best practices to improve school safety.
PEIMS Discipline Data Products
The Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) encompasses all data requested and received by the Texas Education Agency about public education, including student demographic and academic performance, discipline incidents and responses, personnel, financial, and organizational information. The Discipline Data Products are downloadable reports and files that include statistics extracted or calculated from the data collected through the Public Education Information Management System. Discipline reports provide student enrollment data in discipline settings, including incident counts and disciplinary actions, and are available at the state, region or district level.
Severe Weather Toolkit
The Severe Weather toolkit is designed to support schools in recognizing the threat posed by severe weather and to provide guidance regarding how to respond before, during and after a severe weather event. The Severe Weather Toolkit leads schools through the different types of severe weather that can occur in Texas. This Toolkit provides checklists, job-aids and resources to enhance schools' severe weather preparedness and emergency operations planning, training and exercising to protect lives and property.
School Pipeline Safety Toolkit
The School Pipeline Safety toolkit provides specific pipeline safety information and resources to utilize in locating nearby pipelines and including critical pipeline information in your school Emergency Operations Plan. It is estimated that approximately 1 in every 20 schools in the United States is located within a half-mile of a petroleum or natural gas transmission pipeline or aboveground pipeline facility. And yet, pipelines are often overlooked when schools assess risk and create emergency plans.
Starting the Conversation Program
Many coaches and educators feel uncomfortable starting conversations with their athletes about relationships and intimacy. This program gives students opportunities to develop the skills and perspectives required for healthy, satisfying relationships.
School Safety and Security Standards Toolkit
The School Safety and Security Standards Toolkit is comprised of the Texas Unified School Safety and Security Standards, which provide a set of criteria to assist school districts in developing and implementing a comprehensive emergency management program in keeping with laws, mandates, directives and best practices. The Standards are mapped to the four phases of emergency management, and were developed collaboratively with local, regional, and state partners. The framework of the Standards is based on the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which makes district emergency operations compatible with those of other governmental, private, and volunteer entities. This toolkit includes specific information on the four phases of emergency management, the development and maintenance of the Standards, and each Standard mapped to one of the phases of emergency management.
Texas School Safety and Security Registry
A new process for applying to be placed on the Texas School Safety and Security Registry is being developed to comply with changes to law mandated by SB11. Subsection (d) of Texas Education Code Sec. 37.2091 now requires the Texas School Safety Center to verify the qualifications of all persons included in the registry. More information will be provided as it becomes available, we appreciate your patience while this new process is developed and implemented.
Youth Engagement Toolkit
The Youth Engagement Toolkit provides guidance on how to start, strengthen, and sustain a youth leadership group, as well as information on project planning, funding, and keeping youth engaged. Although this toolkit is centered on tobacco initiatives, the same skills can be applied to prevention efforts and creating social and environmental change.
Say What! Movement
The SayWhat! Movement connects students and adults interested in eliminating tobacco from their schools and communities. The SayWhat! Movement has established a forum to access project ideas, events, and funding resources, while connecting with other advocates across Texas involved in preventing tobacco use.