*For more information, please refer to the legal citations and/or best practices listed in the gray boxes below each standard.
The school district should coordinate efforts for prevention and mitigation through collaboration with stakeholders representing the district (internal) local, state and regional partners.
The school district should establish a functioning school district safety and security committee with responsibilities that include ensuring compliance with local, state and federal mandates.
The school district should regularly assess school climate and implement relevant scientifically research-based curricula, programs, and practices to create a positive, safe, and disciplined environment conducive to learning.
The school district should have processes in place to identify and appropriately assist/address individuals who exhibit signs of violent, harmful, or risky behaviors, and/or pose a threat of committing criminal activity.
TEC 37.006. Removal for Certain Conduct TEC 37.015. Reports to Local Law Enforcement TEC 37.0832 Bullying Prevention Policies and Procedures TEC 37.123. Disruptive Activities TEC 37.124. Disruption of Classes TEC 37.126. Disruption of Transportation
The school district, as part of their emergency operations planning, should complete a threat and hazard identification and risk assessment (THIRA) of all school district facilities, properties and their surrounding environment to identify potential hazards from natural, technological, and human-caused incidents, including violence and property crime.
TEC 37.108. Multihazard Emergency Operations Plan; Safety and Security Audit Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Guide: Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 201 TAC Title 16 Part I, Railroad Commission of Texas, Chapter 8, Subchapter D Rule 8.315 Hazardous Liquids and Carbon Dioxide Pipelines or Pipeline Facilities Located Within 1,000 Feet of a Public-School Building or Facility
The school district should utilize the results of the THIRA to develop specific mitigation and prevention activities and plans as part of their multi-hazard emergency operations plan.
The school district, using trained staff and/or appropriate partners, should systematically perform safety and security, self-assessments/audits of facilities, to identify and address safety and security issues and report the results according to current Texas statute.
The school district should develop access control and visitor management procedures for each facility; train staff and provide periodic evaluations to ensure compliance of those procedures.