Title IV Safety & Security Updates

Summer 2020

Check out Safer Schools Together's Remote Summer Training Schedule

Safer Schools Together is excited to offer a selection of remote training sessions this summer designed for educators and law enforcement professionals. Some of the trainings available are Remote Digital Threat Assessment Basic & Advanced and Trauma Informed Return to School. See of the training sessions available at https://saferschoolstogether.com/news-events/remote-trainings/.

**Texas School Safety Center's Virtual Trainings**

Register today for TSSC's virtual trainings!

Digital Threat Assessment Virtual Trainings - Space is Limited

If a threat was made on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat, would you know how to utilize those platforms to collect evidence? Do you have the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to Digital Threats? Register today for this virtual training at https://txssc.txstate.edu/events/dta-trainings/.

School Behavioral Threat Assessment Virtual Trainings - Space is Limited

With the passage of Senate Bill 11, Texas now joins the short list of states in our country to legislatively mandate the implementation of threat assessment teams in its public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools. 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.

Register today at https://txssc.txstate.edu/events/sbta-trainings/

Free Mental Health & Behavioral Health Trainings Due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 many groups and companies are offering online training for free at this time. Below is a list of trainings that can be completed online that meet the state requirements found at TEA Mental Health and Behavioral Health

COVID-19 Resources

Find COVID-19 resources below that are updated as new information is released.

TEA Coronavirus Support and Guidance Resources

TEA has created a Coronavirus Support & Guidance webpage. This will be your best resource for the most up-to-date, accurate information. I recommend visiting this webpage every day for the latest updates and resources. Additionally, TEA will be hosting a daily conference call with school superintendents in order to communicate the most up-to-date information.

Texas School Safety Center - Coronavirus FAQ

Can we use the School Safety Allotment in Senate Bill 11 (SB 11) to defray expenses associated with COVID-19?

SB 11, 86th Texas Legislative Session, 2019, enacted new Texas Education Code (TEC), Section 42.168, which provides for an annual allotment (flowed annually to a district through the Foundational School Program) to improve school safety and security through actions that include securing school facilities, providing security for the district, providing safety and security-related training and planning, and providing programs related to suicide prevention and cyber-bullying. (Please refer to the bill text to view additional details regarding allowable expenditures.) To the extent that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused new or heightened security and safety risks for districts that fall within the categories of allowable expenditures under TEC, Section 42.168, School Safety Allotment funds may be used to address such risks. Please keep good documentation of the expenditures and use of funds as some of these costs may be reimbursable by state and federal disaster aid or stimulus funds. An important note: the additional funding provided in the 86th Legislature through Senate Bill 500 grants only covers facility hardening expenses.

Click on the link below to find more updated information and other FAQ related to the effects of COVID-19 on school safety (such as deadlines, requirements, and overall guidance).


U.S. Department of Education - COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

Through collaboration and coordination with State and local health departments, State and local educational agencies, other education officials, and elected officials, schools can disseminate critical information about the disease and its potential transmission to students, families, staff, and community.

This website from the U.S. Department of Education provides information and resources for elementary and secondary schools.


COVID-19 Mental Health Resource from Mental Health of America

Please check this website out weekly as it will update continuously at this time. Includes information and resources for assistance to individuals and communities to manage associated anxiety.