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Emergency Preparedness/ Law Enforcement in Schools

April 20, 2021

Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath ordering immediate action to ensure the safety of children in Texas schools following the tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In the letter, Governor Abbott outlines a number of steps to be taken by state education leaders to help respond to and prevent such tragedies.

Read the Governor's full letter to TEA Commissioner Mike Morath ( February 2018)

Governor Abbott Unveils Plan To Address School Safety in Texas ( May 30, 2018)

Governor's School and Firearm Safety Action Plan (PDF)


Click on this link to view ⇒ Multi Hazard Operations Plan- Safety/Security Audit Sec 37.108

Sec. 37.109. SCHOOL SAFETY AND SECURITY COMMITTEE. (a) In accordance with guidelines established by the Texas School Safety Center, each school district shall establish a school safety and security committee.

(b) The committee shall:

(1) participate on behalf of the district in developing and implementing emergency plans consistent with the district multihazard emergency operations plan required by Section 37.108(a) to ensure that the plans reflect specific campus, facility, or support services needs;

(2) provide the district with any campus, facility, or support services information required in connection with a safety and security audit required by Section 37.108(b), a safety and security audit report required by Section 37.108(c), or another report required to be submitted by the district to the Texas School Safety Center; and

(3) review each report required to be submitted by the district to the Texas School Safety Center to ensure that the report contains accurate and complete information regarding each campus, facility, or support service in accordance with criteria established by the center.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1280 (H.B. 1831), Sec. 6.03, eff. September 1, 2009


Behavioral Threat Assessments

 The U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education collaborated in drafting this report as a tool for school systems following the attack at Columbine High School. This report includes a guide to establishing and operating a threat assessment team. These teams act as nerve centers, analyzing information from multiple sources on students (and others) who may pose a threat to themselves or others.

Threat Assessment In Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations And To Creating Safe School Climates

TxSSC will partner with SIGMA Threat Management to deliver training on Behavioral Threat Assessment to school personnel. These trainings will be available in July and August, as well as throughout the school year. For more information, call the TxSSC at (512) 245-8082 or email


Homeland Security: Plain Language Frequently Asked Questions

Plain Language is defined as communication that can be understood by the intended audience and meets the purpose of the communicator.

For the purpose of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), plain language is designed to eliminate or limit the use of codes and acronyms, as appropriate, during incident response involving more than a single agency. Plain language replaces coded substitutions with common terminology and definitions that can be understood by individuals from all responder disciplines and across jurisdictions.

On December 19, 2006, the NIMS Integration Center issued an alert requiring the use of plain language for multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction, and multi-discipline events, such as major disasters and exercises.

The Standard Response Protocol Toolkit- K12 Texas Edition

The K-12 Standard Response Protocol (SRP) Toolkit offers guidance and resources for incorporating the Standard Response Protocol into a school safety plan, for a critical incident response within individual schools in a school district.

School Safety Law Toolkit

This tool can be used as a resource for finding current school safety legislation. Applicable topics are listed below with additional resources to help schools meet legal requirements. Please be aware that this tool does not provide information about all laws, rather it focuses on mandates related to school safety and security. Refer to the Texas Legislature for all applicable legislation.

School Safety and Security Standards

The Standards continue to provide criteria to support school districts in developing, implementing, and sustaining a comprehensive school emergency management program. To remain relevant, the Standards receive a regular review and biennial updates with input from school and community stakeholders involved in keeping schools safe and secure. The Standards remain a living document and at each review meeting, the Center seeks stakeholder input to ensure that the Standards remain a viable tool, reflective of the ever-changing demands that are part of keeping schools safe and secure.

National Incident Management System (NIMS)- FEMA Courses

HB 897: Relating to Instruction in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Secondary Education Curriculum

Law Enforcement in Schools



A Day in the Life of a School Resource Officer

A Role for Officers in Schools



Enhancing Police Reponses to Children Exposed to Violence

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2016


Web Links-

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Law Enforcement and Juvenile Crime

Trauma's Impact on Children Exposed to Violence

School Officers Can No Longer Issue On-Campus Misdemeanor Citations

TEA- Requirements for Instruction on Proper Interaction with Peace Officers -Senate Bill 30

Policing America's Schools-Education Week Research Center's analysis of the most recent federal civil rights data, has been released in Education Week's Policing America's Schools project. The series includes in-depth reporting and data analysis about policing and arrest rates in schools across the U.S. In addition, Education Week has also released a powerful interactive data tool that allows users to look at enrollment data, arrest rates, referrals to law enforcement, and the presence of school-based law enforcement officers for most public schools in the U.S.

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