School Safety Update and Training

Title IV, Part A

March 2021

The ESC19, Title IV Part A Newsletter, is designed to provide information, training opportunities, and resources as we work together to provide a safe and healthy school environment for our students.


MTSS & School Counseling Tier 1: Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools and Classrooms March 24, 2021

Join us for Part 2 of building our Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS). This 2-hour presentation will be delivered by authors Dr. Jennifer Betters-Bubon and Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott of the books, Making MTSS Work and The School Counselor's Guide to MTSS. Provided by the ESC Title IV, Part A Grant. The two sessions are listed below, one at 9:00 am and the other at 1:00 pm. Please invite your administrator to the last 30 minutes of the presentation. Administrators may register with the same link and join us at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm.

9:00 am - 11:00 am


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Anxiety Management for Educators

Wednesday, March 24th, 3:45pm

This is an online event.

The one-hour session will be presented by Texas Medical School TCHATT Program LPC, Carlos Casteneda in partnership with ESCR19. Please join us as we discuss ways in which we can manage our anxiety and share these strategies with our students. All educators are invited.

Legal Issues in Bullying, Cyber-Bullying, and Disability Harassment with Jose Martin

Save The Date: May 19, 2021, from 1:00-4:00 pm

There is widespread consensus among the educational community that bullying at school is a problem that requires active steps on the part of the school to prevent and address. This session reviews the issue from a legal perspective, starting with a review of Texas laws on bullying, including the legal definition, remedies, and potential campus transfers of bullies. Next, the session addresses the modern trend of cyber-bullying through communication technology and social media platforms, including David’s Law and the complicated intersection of Free Speech considerations and disciplinary actions against students that engage in cyber-bullying of other students. Lastly, the session addresses harassment and bullying of students with disabilities, which implicates the potential for money damages actions against schools, including the perspective of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), proper policies on reporting and investigating harassment, the role of ARD committees and Section 504 teams, FAPE actions based on harassment, proper responses to reports of harassment, the deliberate indifference test for money damages claims in federal courts, and a review of current case law on the topic.

Please feel free to register. You will receive a reminder email one week before the session.

Federal Programs

FY21 (2021-2022) REAP Eligibility Spreadsheet

USDE sent out a letter to LEAs regarding the REAP eligibility spreadsheet. If contact information needs to be corrected, please send an email to

CARES PNP FAQ Document Posted

TEA’s COVID-19 Support: District Waivers, Finance & Grants page has the most up-to-date CARES ACT Equitable Services FAQ document.

CARES Act Funding and COVID Expense Reimbursement FAQ Document Update Posted

TEA’s COVID-19 Support: District Waivers, Finance & Grants page has the most up-to-date CARES Act Funding and COVID Expense Reimbursement FAQ document.

COVID-19 FAQ Document Posted

TEA’s COVID-19 Support: District Waivers, Finance & Grants page has the most up-to-date Federal Funding and Grants FAQ document.

Title I, Part A

Title I, Part A Paraprofessional Requirements

Highly Mobile and At-Risk Student Programs Division for a Zoom Webinar on Thursday, February 4th, from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm. School, LEA, and ESC Staff should attend. Click here to Register via Zoom.

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Training Opportunities Statewide

March Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Training

Please join the training from 9:30-10:30 AM, MT.

March 5, 2021, Human Trafficking Awareness

The times listed on the flyer are Central Time. Please click on the picture to register.

Next trainings:

April 9, 2021

May 14, 2021

June 4, 2021

TxSSC Trainings

Standard Response Protocol and Standard Reunification Method TOT:

The Texas School Safety Center, in collaboration with the I Love U Guys Foundation, is hosting no-cost Standard Response Protocol/Standard Reunification Method (SRP/SRM) Train-the-Trainer Virtual Training. April and May dates available.

Register here.


Communicable Disease Annex (CDA) and Continuity of Operation Plan (COOP) Virtual Workshop Recordings

Standard Response Protocol Video

Behavioral Threat Assessment Training:

TxSSC has threat assessment training opportunities available for March, April, and May. Visit TxSSC's website here to get registered!

  • Advanced School Behavior Threat Assessment and the Advanced Digital Threat Assessment training is scheduled at ESC 19 on September 9-10, 2021.

Safety Conferences

Save the Date for Campus Safety Conference Texas 2021!

July 21-23, 2021 | Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX

Make plans now to attend the 2021 Virtual Texas School Safety Conference on June 29 - 30, 2021.

Say What! Action Summits in March

Say What! is hosting 5 different virtual summits, which will take a unique look at the dangers of vaping and its connection with COVID-19, how tobacco is a social justice issue, the tobacco industry’s marketing tactics, and how every youth in Texas can be the best advocate for vaping prevention. Summits are led by the Say What! Teen Ambassadors and will include experts who will provide their experiences in the field of medicine, social justice, youth advocacy, and public policy. Please click on the picture for details.


Sesame Street in Communities

Sesame Street in Communities has great resources for educators and parents in helping children learn coping skills for topics such as grief, stress management, self-care, resilience, and much more. These resources are for children 0-6 years of age. Please click on the picture to be led to the website.

New Toolkit: COVID-19 and Mental Health Considerations Amid Reintegration to School

The Texas School Safety Center has developed a new toolkit to address mental health considerations for supporting students, staff, and parents in the transition back to school.

These mental health considerations are divided into eight topics:

  1. Impact of Stress and Trauma
  2. Re-engaging Disconnected Students
  3. Abuse, Neglect, and Domestic Violence
  4. Bullying in the Classroom
  5. Child and Mental Health Awareness
  6. Non-Suicidal Self Injury
  7. Substance Use
  8. Developing Resiliency

Visit the toolkit.

TEA Websites and Guidance

Parenting Resource