School Safety and Security Standards Toolkit

2.1 Mitigation / Prevention Standards


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.


The school district, as part of their emergency operations plan, should complete a hazard analysis of all school district facilities, properties and their surrounding communities to identify potential hazards from natural, technological, and human-caused incidents, including violence and property crime.


The school district should utilize the results of the hazard analysis to develop specific mitigation and prevention activities and plans as part of their multi-hazard emergency operations plan.


The school district should train staff and use appropriate partners to systematically perform on going self-assessments/audits, to identify and address safety and security issues and report the results according to current Texas statute.


The school district should develop and follow policies and/or procedures that govern access to each facility.