Region 3 ESC

September School Safety Update

Region 3 School Safety

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 Upcoming Deadlines, Due Dates & Requirements

TxSSC Multi-hazard Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) Review (TEC 37.2071)

  • The review will include the Basic Plan and the Active Threat Annex, including the Active Shooter Appendix.
  • Superintendents will receive an email on September 12, 2022 requesting planning documents.
  • October 12 is the deadline to upload the following: Basic Plan, Active Threat Annex, and Active Shooter Appendix


Intruder Detection Audits will begin this month. Every district will be visited by December.

Intruder Detection Audit webinar

You will need to provide a record of your weekly external door sweeps.


  • Bullying Standards will potentially be released in October from TEA
  • Standards will include detail on requirements found in TEC 37.0832 listed below
    • Campus Bully Prevention Committees
    • Bully student survey required
    • Required action plan based on survey results
    • Age appropriate instruction to each grade level (also required in Health TEKs)

School Safety Resources

September 19, 2022 | 10:00am CST

The Safe School team is watching the rise of vaping on school campuses and amongst youth very carefully! Every day there is a news story about the dangers of vaping. This presentation will showcase why vaping has become a cultural takeover, and how to have productive conversations about the physical and criminal dangers of vaping.

Register here
September 26, 2022 | 10:00am CST

What is more popular with youth today? Marijuana products or alcohol? Please join us to learn what the research is saying as well as the trends we are seeing in schools. Substance Use Prevention is a critical school safety concern, and familiarizing yourself with current trends will aid in intervention and care.

Register here
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Fact Sheet

This new NIJ resource, Five Facts About Mass Shootings in K-12 Schools, details what NIJ-supported research has taught us about detecting, preventing, and responding to mass shootings in school settings. It includes five key facts and helpful resources for school communities.

Here are some NCSS trainings to help you learn more about early detection and prevention:

Suicide Prevention Month

September 16, 2022: HHSC Suicide Prevention Team – Language Matters

    • 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. CDT
    • When discussing suicide, language matters. In this webinar, the HHSC Suicide Prevention Team will discuss ways to talk about suicide in a clear and factual manner. Participants will be given tips for safe messaging about suicide prevention.
    • Register here

September 23, 2022: Lived Experience Panel – Postvention Overview and Lessons from Experience. 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. CDT

    • This webinar will provide a brief overview of postvention. Following the overview, a panel of suicide loss survivors and suicide attempt survivors will share their perspectives on postvention supports and what worked best for them as they lived through their experiences with suicide.
    • Register here.

Lone Star School Counselor Association 2022 Annual Conference

Professional Development

Behavioral Threat Assessment Training

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

Where: Region 3

When: October 19, 2022

Time: 8:30-3:30 PM

Register here.

Region 3 in conjunction with TEEX will be hosting an Active Shooter Exercise Development Workshop at the University of Houston-Victoria on October 26, 2022.

October 26, 2022 / Class Start Time: 8:00 AM CST

University of Houston-Victoria

1604 East Airline (multi purpose room)

Victoria, Texas 77901

Register here.

Region 3 in conjuction with Texas School Safety Center will be hosting the TCOLE School Based Law Enforcement Training at Region 3 on January 31 and February 1, 2023.

Topics will include:

  • Child and Adolescent Development and Psychology
  • Mental Health Crisis Intervention and Cultural Competency
  • De-escalation Techniques and Techniques for Limiting the Use of Force, including the Use of Physical, Mechanical, and Chemical Restraints
  • Mental and Behavioral Health Needs of Children with Disabilities or Special Needs
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Conflict Resolution Techniques, and Restorative Justice Techniques

Register here.

Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunity