Chapter 37 - Safe Schools Resources

This page provides an assortment of resources related to student discipline and school safety.

Texas Education Code, Chapter 37
The section of the TEC that addresses safe schools, student discipline, and behavior management.

TASB Field Services
The Texas Association of School Boards Field Service Division assists districts with a variety of risk management issues, including student discipline and school safety. Contact your district's TASB field service representative for more information.

Chapter 37 Offenses and Consequences Chart PDF 
This chart is designed to assist school officials in determining the appropriate disciplinary responses to offenses committed both on and off campus. The chart is based on the requirements of Texas Education Code Chapter 37 and common provisions of local districts’ Student Codes of Conduct. Before making any final disciplinary decision, school officials should always consult their local Student Code of Conduct.

Title IX School Safety Choice Option Documents
The Unsafe School Choice Option (USCO) requires that each state receiving ESEA funds to establish and implement certain statewide policies. Such policies are to require that students attending a persistently dangerous public school or students who become victims of a violent criminal offense while in or on the grounds of a public school that they attend be allowed to attend a safe public school. In Texas, the USCO policy is designated the School Safety Choice Option (SSCO).

U.S. Department of Education Links

Office of Safe and Healthy Students
The Office of Safe and Healthy Students replaced the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools effective Sept. 26, 2011. It is housed within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). The office administers, coordinates, and recommends policy for improving health and safety in schools.

Emergency Planning for Schools
A service provided by the Office of Safe and Healthy Schools that provides information that can help school leaders plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents and terrorist acts.

Creating Safer Schools FAQ
Frequently asked questions about crime and safety in schools.

Office of Civil Rights
OCR enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive Federal funds from the Department of Education. 

Safe Schools, Healthy Students
The SS/HS Initiative is a unique Federal grant-making program designed to prevent violence and substance abuse among our Nation's youth, schools, and communities.

Texas Education Agency Links

PEIMS: Appendix E Discipline (Word)

Student Attendance Handbook 
Chapter 10 of the handbook addresses nontraditional schools, including alternative education programs, juvenile justice alternative education programs, suspension, and expulsion.

Dropout Prevention Information
Information, statistics and resources about Texas dropout rates, policy, and programs.