School Safety

The 86th session of the Texas Legislature enacted many changes to statutes in efforts to help improve safety and security in our schools. The Texas School Safety Center has created videos to highlight the statutory changes for school safety to guide schools toward improving safety and security and to maintain an effective and nurturing learning environment. They provide information on each subject and outline expectations now and as more guidance is released. They include a posting date by month at the beginning of each video as we will continue to update the videos when more guidance on these topics is finalized, such as policies and procedures that are being developed in the coming months. Visit The School Safety Center website for access to videos.

 


 

School Safety Audits

The Texas Education Code §37.108 states: “At least once every three years, each school district shall conduct a safety and security audit of the district’s facilities. To the extent possible, a district shall follow safety and security audit procedures developed by the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) or comparable public or private entity”.  The current three year cycle will end August 31, 2020.

Let Region 13 ESC be the lead with your team in the auditing process.  Having someone from outside the school helps ensure the objectivity and accuracy of the audit process.   The Region 13 ESC team members are observant, detail oriented, and able to accurately articulate their findings.

Audits focus on the identification of facility hazards, access control procedures, Emergency Operations Plan, drills and exercises, and school climate through surveying students, teachers, staff, and parents. Conducting a safety and security audit of a facility consists of, an intruder assessment, an onsite visit, and a document review.  Data collected from the audits should be used to assess the safety and security of a district’s facilities and address any concerns that may have been discovered.

A written report should be presented to the school board.  Region 13 ESC provides the demographics, results of interviews and surveys in a graphic format, document review, audit components, commendations and recommendations.  This summary helps in reporting results to the TxSSC and can be incorporated into the statewide report for the public.

For more information, email Linda Kutach.

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Threat Assessment

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. The School Safety Center in San Marcos has developed a toolkit that 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. You will learn 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. Visit The School Safety Center website to access the toolkit.

For more information, email Linda Kutach.

Email Linda