High-Quality Emergency Operations Planning Toolkit
The High-Quality Emergency Operations Planning (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 mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Threat Assessment and Management for Educators and Administrators Toolkit
School Threat Assessment 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 Management (TAM) 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 Management and outlines how a threat assessment team functions in a school setting.
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.
Before You Text: Sexting & Bullying Prevention, Education & Intervention Course
The Before You Text: Sexting and Bullying Prevention, Education and Intervention Course is designed for middle and high school-aged youth and places special emphasis on preventing sexting by addressing the legal, social, emotional, educational, and career impact. This 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 program.
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.
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.
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.
The 7 P’s of Suicide Prevention Toolkit
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.
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, developed a school safety certification program. The purpose of the school safety certification program was to award a school safety certificate to school districts that met criteria specified by the TxSSC. These criteria were based on the Texas Unified School Safety and Security Standards developed by the TxSSC in collaboration with stakeholders. The School Safety Certification Program ended on September 1, 2017. Although this program has expired, the Texas School Safety Center will continue to recognize Texas school districts who are implementing best practices in school safety through our School Safety Spotlight Program.
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, 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.
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.
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.