January 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

Silent Panic Alert Technology (SPAT) Grant

Due January 31st.

2022-2025 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.

Due February 17, 2023.

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School Safety Allotment Survey

FY 2022 school safety allotment data will be collected by mandatory survey beginning on Thursday, January 5, 2023, and concluding Wednesday, February 8, 2023. To successfully complete the survey, LEAs should review the survey preview and gather and collect information related to all expenditures from their school safety allotment for the 2022 fiscal year.

LEAs should complete the FY 2022 School Safety Allotment Survey by 11:59 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 8, 2023.

2019-2021 School Safety and Security Grant Programmatic Report

LEAs who received grant funding through the 2019-2021 School Safety and Security grant program are required to complete a programmatic report on expended grant funds and campuses served.

How do I access the report?

To complete the 2019-2021 School Safety and Security Grant LEAs will follow this link to a SmartSheet form that contains additional instructions on how to report expenditures in appropriate activities.


  • 12/14/2022: TEA releases 2019-2021 School Safety and Security Grant programmatic report via Smartsheet.
  • 02/10/2023 at 5:00pm CST: Report closes for LEA submission, TEA staff will reach out to LEAs who did not submit to retrieve the data.

Contact Information
For additional guidance or clarification please reach out to or

School Safety Standards Cost Estimate Survey

TEA has designed a School Safety Standards Cost Estimates Collection Survey to ensure TEA has a complete understanding of the financial impact of the implementation of the proposed School Safety Standards rule. School systems should include work already done to implement the rule dating back to June 1, 2022.

To support districts in understanding the requirements and estimating the cost of each individual component for each campus, and ultimately the district, TEA has created the following optional tools.

School systems should complete the survey no later than February 10, 2023.

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Human Trafficking Resources/Webinars

the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) invites you to join a two-part miniseries focused on the roles of families in human trafficking, including participation, prevention, and intervention.

Part 1: Supporting Students Who Have Experienced Familial Human Trafficking

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

3:00 – 4:30 pm EDT

Register here.

Part 2: Engaging Families in Preventing and Addressing Human Trafficking

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

3:00 – 4:30 pm EDT

Register here.

SAVE: Signs of Sex Trafficking

76% of transactions for sex with children occur online. Predators use many coercive tactics to groom, stalk, and exploit their targets. Education Specialist, Ernesto Reyes, will dive deep into the many signs of sex trafficking and how to identify if a loved one or child is in danger.

January 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Register here.

SCI: Cyber Safety and Human Trafficking

This presentation highlights the nexus between pornography, trafficking, and grooming techniques used by predators. Gain an understanding through examples of direct messages used to lure students away from their homes, and most importantly how to have the uneasy but necessary conversations with your student.

January 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Register here.

From the Office of the Governor of Texas, learn more about how you can make a different in trafficking. Watch our video, Be the One in the Fight against Human Trafficking. You can watch the video here.

How to Report trafficking

To report suspected human trafficking, contact iWatchTexas at 844-643-2251 or

Dial 911 in an emergency.

To obtain services for a human trafficking victim, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888 or text 233733.

General School Safety Resources/Webinars

Say Something is a no-cost, easy-to-implement, and life-saving program that will help school personnel and/or school-based law enforcement to teach students how to recognize warning signs of potential violence or self-harm and act immediately to intervene. The training will take 2.5 hours with a wide range of activities and resources to ensure training integration within the school culture.

You can view the dates and times here.

Crisis Communication Management for Education Leaders

This seminar focuses first on a highly strategic approach to communicating during a wide variety of crisis situations, then discusses how school boards, attorneys, and other outside professionals can best work together, especially when confronted with issues that simultaneously impact student safety, student education, and legal imperatives, along with short and long-term reputational considerations.

Learning objectives include:

  1. Learn and understand the use of the “Damage Control Playbook,” which include practical and actionable activities designed to blunt, avoid and/or mitigate crisis situations.
  2. Know how to establish and maintain control of the message.
  3. Better understand how to balance legal, educational and reputational considerations – and why “no comment” should never be used


Webinar – From the Classroom to the Boardroom: Addressing the Increase in School Violence

Join us in a round table discussion where experts, parents, and school leaders share perspectives on school security and safety issues in our schools. Between fears of active shooters and bullying, budget concerns, building codes and local politics, these issues impact all of us.

You can view the webinar 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 at Region 3.

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 at Region 3. 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

The one day summit will feature keynote speaker Dr. Leigh Wall, the retired Santa Fe ISD Superintendent. Dr. Wall will focus on lessons learned in the 2018 Santa Fe ISD shooting. Featured speaker,

Retired Dallas ISD Chief of Police Craig Miller, will give a presentation on establishing relationships between school administrators and law enforcement and what protocols to establish before and after a crisis event. The rest of the day will include other national and state speakers on the topic of school safety.

When: March 9, 2023 (8:30AM -$3:30PM)

Where: University of Houston Victoria Multi-purpose room located at 3006 N. Ben Wilson

Register here.