Title IV, Part A School Safety News

September 2020

New Mental Health/Title IV Team at Region 9

We are pleased to announce that our team has expanded at R9 to better serve our districts, school personnel, students and parents in the area of mental health, wellness, counseling, and school safety. We are working on scheduling monthly training sessions, both virtually and in small group settings, to cover your required areas of training.

Lana Owen - Student Wellness, Health and School Safety / Title IV Lead

Melissa Hoepfner - Mental Health-Title IV / Elementary Counselor Lead

Cristina McCrary - Helen Farabee Representative at R9

Laci Murphy- Secondary Counselor Lead/ CCMR/Federal Programs

Please feel free to contact us to assist you through the unique challenges your district is facing this school year.

Educator Wellness from TEA

It is critical that school staff feel connected, supported, and equipped amidst the unknowns that lie ahead. Staff well-being, including mental and emotional health, must be a top priority during the return to school.

2020-2021 COVID-19 Public School Case Reporting

The COVID Case Reporting form must be used by Texas local education agency (LEA) staff to report test-confirmed COVID-19 cases in public schools.

(Virtual) School Behavioral Threat Assessment Training

This is a REQUIRED training for ALL members of your school threat assessment team. The TxSSC is offering multiple virtual training opportunities on Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall. Please contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.

District Auditing Report

As you receive reminders from TxSSC about your DAR, please just forward to me. I will be submitting reports this month. If you have not had a chance to send me your DAR questionnaire reporting tool, please do that so I can have accurate information.


I know how busy you are at this time and I want to make the process as easy as possible for you, so feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

The actual DAR report has to be submitted by November 15th and the new audit cycle for 2020-2023 has been pushed back to begin on November 1st.