School Safety Update and Training

Title IV, Part A

February 1, 2022

The ESC19, Title IV Part A Newsletter, is designed to provide information, training opportunities, and resources as we work together to provide a safe and healthy school environment for our students.


In-Person February 24, 25, and 28

Texas Advancing Suicide Safer Schools Roadmap

Thursday, February 24, 2022, 8:30-4:00 pm

6611 Boeing, El Paso, TX

Join ESC 19 as we walk through the Texas Advancing Suicide Safer Schools Roadmap, which is designed to support a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention planning. The resource consists of 8 essential elements, each designed to support an integral piece of the comprehensive suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention plan.

Note: It is not for educator staff training to meet TEAs suicide prevention requirements. This session is provided by the ESC Title IV, Part A Grant, and there is no charge to the district. Each participant will be provided a printed copy of the Texas Advancing Suicide Safer Schools Roadmap.

Please register for this session at using session number # 193114.

Mental Health Symposium with Texas Tech El Paso TCHATT Program

Friday, February 25, 2022, 8:30-4:00 pm

6611 Boeing, El Paso

In this session, Hanna Garza Ph.D. will discuss Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness, Stress and Anxiety Management, Coping with Self-Injurious Behavior, Crisis Prevention, and Intervention and De-Escalation and Crisis Management.

This session is provided by the ESC Title IV, Part A Grant, and there is no charge to the district.

Please register for this session at using session number # 193119.

Psychological First Aid ( PFA) for Schools

Monday, February 28, 2022, 8:30-4:00 pm

6611 Boeing, El Paso, TX

Join ESC19 for this evidence-informed intervention model for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of a school crisis, disaster, or terrorist event. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by emergencies, disasters, and critical incidents (e.g. school violence) and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping.

This session is provided by the ESC Title IV, Part A Grant, and there is no charge to the district. Each participant will be provided a printed copy of the Psychological First Aid Manual.

Please register for this session at using session number # 193120.

Other Local ESC19, TxSSC, and TEA Trainings

School Counselor Appreciation Week

February 7-11, 2022

Thank you, counselor, for all that you do! We are so appreciative of your service to our students! Administrators, check out these great resources to celebrate your counselor!

TEA & Title IV, Part A Federal Program Resources & Updates

Texas Education Agency Newsletter (December 2021)

Updated Title IV, Part A FAQ Document

New TEA Parent Resources Page

  • Features information on accelerated learning and related tutoring supports being provided to all students working to overcome the learning disruptions caused by COVID-19
  • Webpage Link

LaNetra Guess, Program Director, Title IV, Part A & TEA

Counseling, Advising, & Student Support Webpage

Upcoming Deadlines and Due Dates

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.
  • August 2023 - Public schools expected deadline.
  • August 2022 - Charter schools expected deadline.

Emergency Operation Plans and Annexes can be requested at any time by Texas School Safety Center.

  • HB 3597 now allows Texas School Safety Centers to request that schools submit safety-related MOUs and Mutual Aid Agreements.

Safety Audits

  • September 2020 - August 2023: Public schools should conduct a safety audit of facilities
  • September 2019 - August 2022: Charter schools should conduct a safety audit of facilities

Virtual Training and Resources Statewide

Child Abuse & Human Trafficking

TEA/TIVA Human Trafficking Webinar Series

  • March 4, 2022 @ 9:30 am MST
  • The flyer is below to register; times are CST.

Suicide Prevention and Intervention

District Planning Guide

The Texas Suicide Safer Schools Roadmap is intended to be used as a planning guide for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention by Texas school districts. This Roadmap provides public health information based on best practices for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. It is recommended that each Element be used in the order presented, to ensure a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention planning. Please see the session offered above.

Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative

Resources for Suicide Prevention and Intervention is a document released by Texas Health and Human Services that includes State and Federal hotlines, trainings related to suicide awareness and prevention, related websites and apps, links to Evidence-Based Tools, and pertinent information for students.

Bullying Prevention

Bullying Prevention Activity Set

Teaching and encouraging kindness are invaluable to children and youth, and it’s never too early to start. Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) released a new resource developed for school staff and caregivers that can be used to teach bullying prevention skills for all school-aged youth. This resource, Connect with Kindness: Bullying Prevention Activity Set, provides three easy-to-implement activities that help promote and teach skills needed to foster kindness with developmentally appropriate strategies.

TASB on Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Hazing

Legislative Update
  • SB 2050 Relating to bullying and cyberbullying in public schools. Standards and reporting requirements are being created and will be released by TEA.

TEA Internet Safety: Cyberbullying Resources

Mental and Behavioral Health

TEA's Texas School Mental Health New Website -

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network

The MHTTC has released beneficial recordings and informational materials from two of their more recent webinars. The first focuses on the impacts of COVID on school mental health systems and leaders/providers. The second webinar helps to both inform on the negatives behind colonizing self-care and provides resources to aid in decolonizing self-care for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) school mental health providers.

  • Shatter Mental Health Stigma through ART

    The Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest shines a light on an often-overlooked topic and shows why mental health matters. To educate people about how common mental illnesses are and to encourage Texans to seek help when they need it, the yearly themes reflect the move toward treating mental illness with the same openness as other illnesses. The contest is open to EVERYONE from elementary through adult and categories include original artwork, creative writing, and photography.

    How Do We SEE and SUPPORT Children of Incarcerated Parents

    Launched in 2015 by the Osborne Association’s New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents (NYCIP), See Us, Support Us (SUSU) raises awareness and increases support for children of incarcerated parents.

    School Safety

    Response to School Threats of Violence

    The National Child Traumatic Stress Network published a report covering an increase in threats of school violence, including those via social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram. The report also includes information on how such current experiences like racism and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic having further heightened individuals' anxiety, as well as provides suggestions for ways to support schools and their communities.

    TxSSC Fidelity of School Behavioral Threat Assessment Implementation Tool

    This tool was designed to both assist in the identification of current BTA practices - in relation to the guidelines set forth by the TxSSC - and to provide a self-assessment to aid in the improvement and maintenance of BTA practices.

    TxSSC Updates - Addressing School Safety Concerns

    In the wake of the most recent acts of school violence and the increase in violent threats in our schools across the country, the Texas School Safety Center wants to remind schools of best practices and resources to assist you:

    • School Behavioral Threat Assessment (SBTA) is considered a best practice for preventing targeted school violence, and the Texas Education Code mandates that every campus be supported by a Safe and Supportive School Program that conducts behavioral threat assessments.
    • School safety is a shared responsibility. Remind staff, parents, and students of the importance of reporting all safety concerns, including how to report.
    • Drills are essential in preparing your school for an emergency. Drills offer the opportunity for students and staff to learn their roles and responsibilities before, during, and after any type of emergency. Practice of emergency procedures through drills can reduce confusion, panic, and even serious injury for both staff and students.
    • The Texas School Safety Center has developed a Parent’s Guide to School Safety Toolkit and a Cyber Safety and Digital Responsibility Parent Guide for you to share with parents.
    • Keep ’Em Safe Texas has resources which can be sent out in newsletters and posted on your school’s website to spread the word about safe gun storage, including safe gun storage checklists, how to talk to others about safe gun storage, and ways to safely store firearms.

    After a School Tragedy...Readiness, Response, Recovery, & Resources

    • We continue to see acts of violence, suicide, and other tragedies affect many of our school districts. The affects of these incidents extends bar beyond the days events and can appear at any time. This resource developed by the MHTTC Network is designed to help districts, families, and students in the event of a tragedy.
    • Resource Document

    Other School Safety Topics

    Want to Improve your School Culture? Start with Hello!

    According to Sandy Hook Promise, one in five high school students report that they have been victims of bullying. Bullying, along with social isolation, being a victim of violence, and emotional distress can all be risk factors for youth acting out violently. Start With Hello teaches students to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other. With activities and curricula available for all ages, students are empowered to end social isolation in three easy steps: see someone alone, reach out and help, and start with hello.

    The 2.5-hour virtual training consists of a wide range of activities and resources to ensure integration within the school culture, supported by student-led SAVE Promise Clubs. Join the many Texas schools that are seeing the positive impact Start With Hello makes on school climate and culture!

    REMS Technical Assistance Center Newsletter (December 2021)

    This newsletter spotlights Threat- and Hazard-Specific Annexes that may prove beneficial to schools developing emergency operations plans or EOPs.

    TASB Updates on School Cybersecurity: Texas Requirements

    Substance Abuse Prevention

    Discipline Is Not the Answer: Better Approaches to On-campus Student Tobacco Use

    As schools develop or revamp and modernize their smoke- or tobacco-free policies, the Truth Initiative released some suggestions on what schools should do when students violate these policies and use tobacco products on campus. Truth Initiative recommends that students who violate tobacco policies be approached in a supportive way that focuses on encouraging them to quit using tobacco products and does not support suspension or expulsions from school as a punishment.

    Getting Candid: Framing the Conversation Around Youth Substance Use Prevention

    98% of youth-serving providers feel responsible for communicating with youth about their substance use. But when talking with youth, what messages and tactics are actually the most resonant in preventing substance use? The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), explored this question and compiled their findings into a newly published interactive message guide for providers, educators, and adults.

    Say What Action Summit - Coming to El Paso, Saturday, April 2, 2022.

    This is a one-day training to empower youth grades 6th-12th to live tobacco, nicotine, and vape-free lives. For more information please click here. There must be one lead school sponser to ensure all adults and students enroll. Texas School Safety Center is asking for one adult for every eight students. The summits utilizes effective tobacco prevention activities aimed at reducing the harmful effects of tobacco, nicotine, and e-cigarette use in Texas.