Since Texas Education Code 37.115 mandated school behavioral threat assessment in 2019, trends have emerged in the type of questions the Texas School Safety Center fields from threat assessment team members. In collaboration with the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), we have addressed the most trending topics in the document below.
Operationalizing School Behavioral Threat Assessment FAQs
The 2021-2022 SSSP Survey window closed on June 30, 2022.
Per TEA’s To the Administrator Addressed from April 7, 2022 – beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, LEAs will be required to report SSSP team activities by campus as required by Texas Education Code 37.115(k). The data reporting window will be June 1, 2023, through June 30, 2023. Here is a sample copy of the 2022-2023 SSSP survey.
It is strongly recommended that LEAs develop procedures for each team to collect, maintain, and store data regarding threat reports and threat assessment outcomes that align to these data reporting instruments developed by the TEA. The Division of Safe and Supportive Schools has developed a tool to support this recommendation. Click on the link below to learn how to access and utilize the tool.
SSSP Data Collection Tool Guide
Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management provides a proactive, evidence-based approach for identifying individuals who may pose a threat 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.
An effective, functioning threat assessment team is a critical component of keeping your school safe and preventing violence. This toolkit presents the process of how a threat assessment team identifies, assesses, and manages threats. The toolkit also includes guidance and resources for forming and implementing a team in your school or district.
As required by the 86th Texas Legislature and SB 11, the Texas School Safety Center, in coordination with the Texas Education Agency, has developed model policies and procedures to assist school districts in establishing and training threat assessment teams now mandated by TEC Sec. 37.220.
Model Policies and Procedures