Region 3 ESC
October School Safety Update
School Safety Upcoming Deadlines, Due Dates & Requirements
EOP Annual Review by TxSSC - TEC 37.2071
- Review includes: Basic Plan, Active Threat Annex, and Active Shooter Appendix
- Email sent to Superintendents September 12, 2022
- Deadline - October 12 upload documents
- Evaluation Criteria - Basic Plan , Active Threat Annex , Active Shooter Appendix
- EOP Basic Plan Toolkit - TEC 37.108 - Toolkit - template, course, guide, evaluation
- Active Threat Annex Toolkit - template, guide, course, evaluation criteria, other resources
- Active Shooter Appendix Toolkit
- Things to remember from TxSSC:
- There are NO extensions this year.
- Non-compliance process will start immediately if not submitted on time
- If the district has adopted NIMS, put the adoption date in there. If district cannot find it in meeting minutes, put the best guess of the month and year.
- Ensure everywhere that staff training is brought up in your Active Threat and Active Shooter plans that it includes substitute teachers.
- These reviews are taking a long time. Please don’t expect to get them back within a week. It may take a month or longer. TxSSC can only review 1-2 per day (that’s if districts use the current templates).
- Plan on getting it back with some deficiencies. Ask questions if needed, correct the plan, resubmit, and please wait patiently for it to be reviewed again.
- When resubmitting, please do so within 14 days or less of getting your report back.
TASB Adopting and Implementing a Multihazard Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
School Climate is the number 1 predictor of campus violence. It’s imperative the campuses take the proper safety measures to reinforce a bully-free school climate. Join Education Specialist, Ernesto Reyes, to learn more on why zero-tolerance policies do not work and bullying prevention exercises that can be implemented year-round.
Please join the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse on October 13 at 2:00 PM EDT for an informational webinar on bullying awareness and prevention resources along with guidance to help create safer school environments. This session will provide information and resources designed for the kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) school community.
The event will provide an overview of what bullying is and how to identify it, key strategies and actions schools and school personnel can implement to prevent and address it, and the tools and resources available from the government to support schools in these efforts, including StopBullying.gov.
- When: October 13, 2022, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
- Where: Webex (access link to be provided one day in advance of the event)
- For: K-12 School Superintendents and Principals; Counselors and Mental Health Practitioners; School and District Administrators; Teachers and School Staff; School Resource Officers; Parents and Guardians; Students
- Registration: https://2022schoolsafetybullyingpreventionwebinar.eventbrite.com
Bullies have always existed, but over time we have seen a shift from the school yard bully to the (more dangerous) cyberbully. Inherently, both forms of bullying are rooted in an imbalance of power, but cyberbullying can often feel more complex and harder to notice. Our Programs Coordinator, Joshua Webb, will dive deep into the impact bullying has on teen’s mental health.
Trending School Safety Topics
DEA Warns of Brightly-Colored Fentanyl Used to Target Young Americans
See the official press release here form the Drug Enforcement Administration.
A nasty and spreading hoax called “swatting” is now forcing school leaders to worry about school shootings that are not actually occurring. See the full article here.
Substance Abuse Resources
In this webinar, Safe School Director, Jenna Fondren, will explore the rise in popularity of Teen Vaping. Vaping culture impacts a student’s emotional, physical, and social well-being. Join us to learn more about what teens are up against and why this has become such a phenomenon.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid similar to morphine that is 50 to 100 times more potent. Teens are being targeted because fentanyl is highly addictive, and social media platforms make it easy for dealers to connect with and sell to teens with little risk of being caught. Join Education Specialist, Ernesto Reyes, as he unpacks the devastating realty of the fentanyl crisis.
- Student Presentation from Texas National Guard Joint Counterdrug Task Force - Dead on Arrival Lesson Plan about the dangers of fentanyl and Narcan
- Fentanyl Prevention Resources - U.S. DEA and CDC Opioid Basics
- District Highlight - Hays CISD- https://www.hayscisd.net/fentanyl
- UT San Antonio Health Grant - moreNARCANplease
- Escape the Vape Training Modules | TxSSC
Human Trafficking Resources
Educators are in a unique position to recognize, report and help to prevent child abuse
and human trafficking. Educators are vital in recognizing the warning signs of abused or
neglected students and guiding potential victims to available resources and support. This
webinar series is a collaboration of state and regional agencies to assist and support
school leaders with fulfilling their mandated duties and requirements concerning child
abuse and neglect and promoting the well-being and safety of all Texas school students.
General School Safety Resources
Safe and Supportive School Programs (SSSP)
- Understanding the SSSP Team
- TEA Implementing the Behavioral Threat Assessment Process
- TASB - Operationalizing School Behavioral Threat Assessment FAQs
- Read - when the violence is stopped before it happens
- New 2022-2023 SSSP - Data Elements: New data element to Student Discipline indicates whether the SSSP team conducted a threat assessment related to a reported disciplinary incident
- TxSSC Threat Assessment Toolkit
- TEA School Based Law Enforcement TAA | Released September 29, 2022
Trainings and Conferences
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
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
GANGS & GUNS Training Symposium
LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT
The 15th Annual Gangs & Guns Training Symposium, presented by Safer Schools Together on February 9-10, 2023 focuses on prevention, intervention, and enforcement strategies that are applicable to all communities.
This Symposium is for educators, law enforcement and community partners working with youth and gang prevention/intervention Register here.
- School Behavioral Threat Assessment
- Standard Response Protocol Train-the-Trainer
- Standard Reunification Method Train-the-Trainer
- Digital Threat Assessment
- Especially Safe: An Inclusive Approach to Safety Preparedness in Education Settings
- Restorative Practices for Educators
- Cybersecurity Workshop
- Trauma-Informed Care Workshop for Educators – Elementary
- Trauma-Informed Care Workshop for Educators – Secondary
- School-Based Law Enforcement Trainings – TCOLE #4064
- Beyond Burnout: Exploring the Cost of Caring Lunch and Learn
- Advanced Digital Threat Assessment Training
- Current Online Behavioral Trends Lunch and Learn
- Advanced School Behavioral Threat Assessment Training
Other Webinars/Virtual Training
- Free Registration - Safe and Sound Schools 2022 Virtual National Summit on School Safety - October 18-20 | ESCs and LEAs complimentary registration with the code TXSSC_GUEST | Flyer | Event Website
- Navigating Mental Health in the School Environments - October 10 | 11:30-12:30 pm CT
- USDE The Importance of Trauma Informed Pedagogy and Student Identity in Mental Health -October 11 | 3 pm CT
- Protecting Children in a Digital Age - October 20 | 11:30-12:30 pm CT
- USDE Reducing Stigma and Improving Access to Mental Health Services - October 25 |3 pm CT
- Sandy Hook Know the Signs TOTs
- Start with Hello - Dates and Registration
- Say Something - Dates and Registration
- Advanced Say Something - Dates and Registration
- US DOE Hot Topics - lessons learned and best practices from faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, early childhood education providers, and other places of educational instruction
- LSSCA Counselor Conference | November 6-9 Frisco | Register Here
- TSCA Professional School Counselor Conference | February 12-14 Round Rock
Virtual ABC-Summit - Integrating School Mental Health to Support the Whole Child |Nov 29-December 1, 2022 | FREE registration
- Audience: ESCs, districts, state agencies, community organizations
- Focus: ways to elevate and integrate school mental health and wellness to support the whole child by advancing school mental health practices and strengthening community partnerships.