Region 3 ESC

November School Safety Update


In an effort to assist school districts in implementing safety initiatives more effectively, Region 3 will provide relevant school safety guidance, resources, training opportunities, professional development, technical assistance and TEA updates.

School Safety Funding Opportunities

2022-2024 Silent Panic Alert Technology (SPAT) Grant

  • The purpose of the 2022-2024 Silent Panic Alert Technology (SPAT) Grant is to provide districts with funds to purchase silent panic alert technologies

  • LEA Allocations for eligible applicants can be viewed here

  • Program Guidelines

Vendors for SPAT Grant

Region 3 does not endorse any vendors. These vendors are for informational purposes only.

2023-2025 School Safety Standards Formula Grant

  • School Safety Formula Grant Allocation Funding

The grant will allow spending on a variety of security-related items identified by the needs of each LEA. The grant will allow for various costs associated with school safety and security; however, the grant will come with a requirement that money must first be spent on items necessary to comply with the school safety standard rule. You can view the rule here.

Proposed Minimum Standards - Bullying

SB 2050, 87th Texas Legislature, R.S. (2021) amended Texas Education Code by adding Subsection 37.0832(c-1) which requires TEA to adopt minimum standards for an LEA’s bullying prevention policies and procedures.

Public feedback will be accepted through November 28, 2022, and should be submitted to with the subject line “Updated Minimum Standards Public Feedback”.

Substance Use/Abuse Resources

TEA Fentanyl Response Communications Toolkit

  • Fact Sheets, Awareness One-Pager, Letter templates, Social Media templates
  • Awareness images to download
  • Toolkit Website

Other Resources

Youth Tobacco & Vaping Webinar- American Heart Association

Hear crucial information on why vaping has become such an issue, the impact it has had on our health, motivators to quit, and how schools and educators play a role through education and a supportive approach. You can watch the informative webinar here.

Bullying Resources

How to Make a Bully (From Scratch)

Bullying is one of the most misunderstood crises of our time. Bullies are created by a specific life-path we can reroute at any stage when we know the road signs to look for along the way. View the webinar here.

Human Trafficking Resources

General School Safety Resources

Systematic Review: Anonymous Reporting Systems for School-Based Violence Prevention

Dr. Libby Messman describes a systematic review of published literature from the last 25 years on the use of Anonymous Reporting Systems (ARS) in schools of all levels (K-12, colleges, public, private, etc.) throughout the United States.

The Teen Brain (School Resource Officer Video Series)

This video series helps SROs consider the way students think, how to connect with them, how to break down barriers to communication, and how to become a successful presence in their school. View the short webinar here.

Physical Security Resources for K-12 Schools

Please join the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse on November 15 at 2:00 PM ET for an informational webinar on physical security resources for kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) schools. Register here.

Developing Comprehensive and Equitable School Safety Programs that Consider the Whole Child, Whole School, and Whole Community

This webinar will highlight comprehensive approaches to school safety and emergency operations plan development that include physical and psychological safety and well-being that are rooted in equitable approaches. Register here.

Digital Threat Identification and Communication Webinar- I Love u Guys.

Dr. Teresa Hernandez, Washington Elementary School District, and Ian Lopez, Cherry Creek Schools, discussed successful communications practices and outward messaging surrounding digital threats. Access the recording here.

Upcoming Training/Professional Development

School Based Law Enforcement Training- TCOLE 4604

This is a mandated training that is required for Campus Police, ISD Police and SRO’s. If your police officers have not taken this training before, they will need this training to meet the legal requirements.

Texas School Safety Center and Region 3 will host the SBLE Training on January 31st and February 1st, 2023.

See link below for registration details.

Restorative Practices

Region 3 in conjunction with Texas School Safety Center will be hosting a Restorative Practices for Educators training on February 1, 2023. Please see the link below for Registration details.

Behavioral Threat Assessment

Behavioral Threat Assessment provides a proactive, evidence-based approach for identifying individuals who may pose a threat and for providing interventions before a violent incident occurs.

Region 3 ESC will be offering this training on February 13, 2022, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Register here.