Texas Bullying Laws
During the regular session of the 85th Texas Legislature, Senate Bill 179 "David's Law," was passed and signed by Governor Abbott. Senate Bill 179 amends Texas Education Code, Section 37.0832, Section 12.104 (b) and several other statutes related to bullying.
Be The One: In the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is modern day slavery and it is happening all across Texas to thousands of men, women, and children. This video, developed by the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, provides an understanding of what human trafficking is and is not, identifies vulnerable populations that are more likely to be victimized by human traffickers, identifies indicators of human trafficking and methods of reporting to the authorities, and highlights actual cases of human trafficking prosecuted in Texas.
Making School Safety a Priority
This video presents the issue of school safety as an expansive topic that includes multiple areas of concern, and one that affects the whole community. There are a number of effective ways for schools to improve safety and security of their students, staff, and facilities. This video recommends three proven areas schools should focus on to further their school safety efforts; including acquiring specialized training, utilizing customized resources, and allowing for youth involvement.
The 7 P’s of Suicide Prevention
This video highlights areas of suicide prevention that schools can use to help improve their suicide prevention efforts. The 7 P’s of Suicide Prevention discussed within the video are: Policies & Legislation, Prevention, Protocols, Postvention, Protective Messaging, Partnerships, and Program Evaluation. While these points are not exhaustive of all components that should be included in a school's suicide prevention efforts, they are a starting point for developing, improving, and modifying suicide prevention plans.
Developing a School Pipeline Emergency Response & Evacuation Plan
This video is designed to increase awareness of the pipeline system in Texas and equip school officials with the tools and skills necessary to safely co-exist with nearby pipelines. Topics of the video include: how to identify nearby pipelines, how to recognize, report and safely respond to a potential pipeline leak, and everyday proactive steps school officials can take to protect students and pipelines.
Overview of Texas School Safety and Security Audits
This video provides an overview of processes developed by the Texas School Safety for Texas Public School Districts and Texas Junior College Districts as required by Texas Education Code Chapter 37.108. It includes legislative requirements, timelines, recommended processes and components as well as best practices for conducting an audit using a team-based approach. This video also covers the sharing of audit information with the district's board of trustees and required submission of certain data to the Texas School Safety Center.
3 Simple Steps to Creating Safe Schools
This video highlights three simple, yet effective, steps that can be implemented by teachers and staff on campus to do their part in building a positive school climate. This brief video is a resource that can be used in professional development at the start of this school year as well as throughout the year as a reminder of how everyone on campus plays an important role in creating safe schools. Make school safety a priority for your campus this year by building rapport with your students and taking action.
Texas Schools, Dating Violence, and the Law
In response to increased awareness that dating violence is prevalent among youth, Texas has enacted legislation to assist schools in addressing this issue. In 2007, Texas HB 121 was passed mandating schools to adopt and implement a dating violence policy. This mandate now sits under Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code, 37.0831. The bill was amended to include Texas middle schools as well in the 83rd legislative session in 2013. The Texas School Safety Center has created this short video to address the components that are to be included in the district’s dating violence policies.
Digital Wellness: Transforming Your School
This video is for school administrators who are feeling overwhelmed with the process of incorporating technology into their school and curriculum, and don’t know where to begin. This video from the Texas School Safety Center provides some guiding questions to assess your efforts to prepare your students for success in the 21st century.
Bullying Prevention: A Classroom Discussion
Students are often left out of the conversation when it comes to bullying prevention. This short video gives students the opportunity to discuss what they think bullying is, compare it to local and state definitions, and more importantly talk about what they can do to prevent and respond to bullying, in addition to sharing how they would like students to treat each other at their school.