Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management for Educators and Administrators

2.0 Legal Requirements and Guidelines

With the passing of Senate Bill 11 during the 86th Texas Legislative Session in 2019, Section 115 has now been added to Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code to address threat assessment in public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools. The board of trustees of each school district is now required to establish a threat assessment team to serve at each campus of the district. Further, the board must adopt policies and procedures for the teams that are consistent with the model policies and procedures developed by the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC). These policies and procedures require each team to complete training provided by the TxSSC or a regional education service center (ESC) and report specific information regarding the team’s activities to the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

The superintendent of the district must ensure that the members appointed to each team have expertise in counseling, behavior management, mental health and substance use, classroom instruction, special education, school administration, school safety and security, emergency management, and law enforcement. Each established team is required to conduct threat assessments that include assessing and reporting individuals who make threats of violence or exhibit harmful, threatening, or violent behavior and gather and analyze data to determine the level of risk and appropriate interventions.

TEC 37.115

To assist you in gaining a thorough understanding of these laws and regulations, the Texas School Safety Center has developed the School Safety Law Toolkit. This toolkit provides information on a variety of topics that affect schools, including bullying, emergency management, safety and security audits, dating violence, school-based law enforcement, substance abuse, and social and cultural environments.

TxSSC School Safety Law Toolkit