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.
Texas Tobacco Law Toolkit
Protecting our children from the dangers of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and tobacco is a vital task requiring constant awareness and continuous effort on the part of parents, state and local government officials, businesses and all Texans. Limiting minor's access to tobacco is an ongoing effort to prevent young people from a lifetime of tobacco addiction and possible disease and premature death.
The 7 P’s of Suicide Prevention
Whether assistance is needed to begin or modify suicide prevention efforts, this toolkit can be used as a starting point for those discussions and improvements. This toolkit includes resources to aid school administrators, safety & security committees, crisis response teams, and school & district leadership teams in a K-12 school setting.
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.
High-Quality Emergency Operations Planning Tool
The High Quality Emergency Operations Planning (EOP) Tool is a customizable Resource Mapping Tool (RMT) for schools that guides school personnel through the process of identifying the areas of their EOP that need to be addressed or strengthened in order to become high-quality plans. Through a self-directed questionnaire, district personnel will be provided a customized resource map including the information, instructions, and links to appropriate resources for addressing their specific gaps in emergency operations planning and implementation.
School Safety Certification Program
As mandated by Texas Education Code, Section 37.1081, the Texas School Safety Center, in consultation with the School Safety Task Force, has developed a school safety certification program. The purpose of the school safety certification program is to award a school safety certificate to school districts that have met criteria specified by the TxSSC. These criteria are based on the Texas Unified School Safety and Security Standards developed by the TxSSC in collaboration with stakeholders.
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.
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, and directives. 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.
Training, Drilling, and Exercising Toolkit
Training, drilling, and exercising are key features of a comprehensive emergency management program and more specifically the establishment of a culture of preparedness. Regular training, drilling, and exercising using pre-determined and appropriate protocol will reduce the possibility that students and staff become victims in an emergency and ensure that responses are well executed. In addition, training, drilling, and exercising ensure that staff and students know what their responsibilities are during any type of emergency. This toolkit details the need for and sources of training as well as provides detailed guidance and job-aids for conducting, tracking, and assessing emergency drills and exercises.
School Safety and Security Consultant Registry
The School Safety and Security Consultant Registry is a registry of persons providing school safety and/or security consulting services in the state of Texas. The Registry includes information from providers of services to a school district, institution of higher education, district facility, or campus. These services include advice, information, recommendations, data collection, safety and security audit services, or any other services that pertains to school safety and security regardless of whether the person is paid for those services.
K-12 School Safety and Security Audit Toolkit
The K-12 Safety and Security Audit Toolkit offers guidance and job-aids for conducting ongoing safety and security assessments in K-12 school districts 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. Toward that aim, this toolkit makes available the model process for conducting safety and security audits developed by the Texas School Safety Center, which includes guidance on forming an audit team, conducting safety assessments, developing a written report, protecting sensitive information, and reporting requirements.
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.
'Before You Text' Sexting Prevention Course
This online course for youth places emphasis on preventing sexting by addressing the legal, social, emotional, and career impact of engaging in such behaviors. The course can be mandated by a judge or used as an educational tool.
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.