Title IV Safety & Security Updates

May 2021

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TxSSC Youth Safety Summit

The Texas School Safety Center Youth Safety Summit is a three-day virtual event designed to educate and inspire youth seeking to become leaders in school safety. Students in grades 8-12 will have the opportunity to develop and expand their knowledge through workshops and skills clinics, as well as to connect with other youth across the state. Participants will leave with an action plan for implementing a project of their choice in their school or community.


The registration application deadline is Friday, May 14th. Each participant will be notified by Friday, May 28th of the status of their registration application.

Register here: https://txssc.txstate.edu/events/youth-safety/


Finding the Spark: Inspiring Authentic Connections in Our Communities

Save the date for the 2021 Texas System of Care and Community Resource Coordination Group Conference!

When? July 27-29, 2021

Where? Zoom Meeting Platform

Parents and Gun Safety: KEEP 'EM SAFE, TEXAS

Practicing safe gun storage protects our kids, prevents accidents, and keeps our guns out of the hands of criminals. The Texas Department of Public Safety, through its awareness campaign, KEEP ’EM SAFE, TEXAS, provides posters, flyers, and videos to help educate parents about how to safely store firearms.


Visit the KEEP ’EM SAFE, TEXAS website to download materials in English and Spanish to share with parents and your community. Help spread the word about safe gun storage and keep fellow Texans safe.


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Scholarships for HS Students with Families on the Frontline

Along with their National Scholarship Program, the National STOP THE BLEED® Day project is proud to offer Frontline Families Scholarships for high school students of frontline workers including food supply chain workers, nurses, firefighters, EMS/EMT, police, teachers, paramedics, and others.


Click here to learn more + apply.

School Health Survey

The annual School Health Survey is available for school district and open-enrollment charter school completion through May 28, 2021.

Use this link to access the TAA from January 7th. School Health Survey

2021 Texas School Safety Center - Virtual Conference

Save the date for the 2021 Virtual Texas School Safety Conference on June 29-30, 2021.


Themed Texas Strong: Resiliency Through Change, the conference will bring together educators, administrators, school-based law enforcement, and emergency managers to collaborate, network, and learn from each other.


Registration Information:

Conference Dates: June 29-30, 2021

Registration: $100

The TxSSC will provide Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit hours.

Click here to register!

Updates from TEA

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Deadlines and Due Dates

Safety Audits

Public schools should conduct a safety audit of facilities from September 2020 - August 2023.

Charter Schools should conduct a safety audit from September 2019 - August 2021.


District Audit Reports

At the end of the Safety Audit process, schools will be required to submit a District Audit Report to Texas School Safety Center.

Public schools expected deadline is August 2023.

Charter Schools expected deadline is August 2022.


Threat Assessment/SSSP

Districts should collect and maintain SSSP team information and data for the 2020-2021 school year for activities that occurred from September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021.

TEA will send a Qualtrics survey requesting information to Superintendents in November 2021.


For the latest information on data collection see April 1 | Safe and Supportive Schools Program (SSSP) Updates


Emergency Operation Plans and Annexes

EOPs and Annexes can be requested at any time by Texas School Safety Center.

Legislative Updates

School Safety Related Bills to Watch

Disclaimer: this is not an exhaustive list of all school safety related proposed bills.


Looking for a Particular Topic?

Legiscan is a great tool that's ideal for tracking bills, letting you see when bills were introduced, as well as their current status.

Top Questions to the State Initiative

The FAQ webpage is live on the T4PA School Safety State Initiative Website!!!


They plan to update frequently, so please check back often for updated content.

Training Opportunities

Region 17 ESC Trainings

The three trainings below are offered by Region 17 and are virtual. Use the links provided to register.

Standard Response Protocol Training - Virtual Training

This is a virtual training on the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) from the I Love You Guys Foundation. The SRP is based on responses to any given situation with specific vocabulary. Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to implement the program in their districts.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=800542


Standard Reunification Method Training - Virtual Training

This is a virtual training on the Standard Reunification Method (SRM) from the I Love You Guys Foundation. The SRM provides methods for school and district safety teams to plan, practice and ultimately achieve a successful reunification. Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to implement the program in their districts.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=800554

Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Webinar Series

Educators are in a unique position to help in the fight against human trafficking. Not only are educators vital in recognizing the warning signs of trafficked students, but also in guiding potential victims to find resources and support. TEA, the Title IV, Part A Statewide School Safety Initiative (ESC Region 14), ESC Region 12, and the Office of the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team are launching a series of webinars to support ESCs and LEAs during the 2020-2021 school year.


  • May 14 - Prevention Programs/Training - Crime Stoppers
  • June 4 - HT Resources and Reminders



Register at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtdeqsrDwvE9IIZp0UTgZM1NxhnylE73p6?_x_zm_rtaid=p9TodvjuRnaf___o6QNXfA.1604939603966.ce0c015a92d7bc8233cc1620cbdcb2eb&_x_zm_rhtaid=870

Texas School Safety Training Events

Register today for TSSC's virtual trainings! There are still a few dates with openings so do not miss out on these great opportunities.

New Courses Coming Soon to the TxSSC School Safety Learning Portal

Have you created your free account in TxSSC’s School Safety Learning Portal? This online education platform brings our trainings to a wider audience and enables participants to learn at their own pace. The self-paced, on-demand courses introduce key school safety topics and complement our toolkits and live trainings. All courses are free, and participants will receive certificates verifying the successful completion of each course.




This spring we plan to add two new video courses—Emergency Operations Plan Development: The Basic Plan and Introduction to Safety and Security Audits—to our existing course offerings in the portal. Create your free account today to receive notification of the new course offerings when they are available.


Visit the School Safety Learning Portal

Introduction to School Safety and Security Audits Course


Texas Education Code 37.108 requires that school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and junior college districts conduct safety and security audits of their facilities at least once every three years. This self-paced, on-demand course found in the TxSSC School Safety Learning Portal will introduce participants to the audit process.

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Through a series of videos, participants will learn how to assemble and train an interdisciplinary audit team, implement the steps in the safety and security audit process, and report results to the district’s board of trustees and the TxSSC. Safety and security audits provide comprehensive assessments to identify areas in need of improvement and to update the district's multi-hazard emergency operations plan and are a critical component of developing and maintaining safety and security in schools.

Visit the Learning Portal

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