TEA News Releases Online Oct. 17, 2013
TEA, Texas School Safety Center partner
for Oct. 20-26 Safe Schools Week
AUSTIN - The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) today renewed their annual partnership for the 2013 Texas Safe Schools Week, Oct. 20 - 26. TEA and TxSSC share a mutual goal of assuring all public schools are places where students, parents, teachers and administrators feel secure during the course of every school day.
"Every student in Texas deserves an effective and safe learning environment," said Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. "Safe Schools Week offers an opportunity for everyone in education to reflect on the plans and policies in place, which can help assure our campuses are prepared and safe."
"School safety is the key to establishing a positive school environment where teaching and learning can occur," said Texas School Safety Center Director Dr. Victoria Calder. "Our team at the Texas School Safety Center is committed to serving schools and communities prepare today for a safer tomorrow. Toward this aim, we provide educators, parents, community organizations, and stakeholders with an array of evidence-based practices, standards, and tools to strengthen emergency preparedness and create healthy schools and communities."
In a joint Texas Safe Schools Week proclamation, Commissioner Williams and TxSSC Director Dr. Calder urged all Texas school districts to practice emergency drills, review emergency plans and highlight the importance of safe and secure schools - not only during this week but throughout the year.
Gov. Rick Perry has also declared Oct. 20 - 26, 2013, as Safe Schools Week in Texas. In his gubernatorial proclamation, Gov. Perry noted the importance for schools and communities to work together to assure children are secure from harm and able to thrive in their academic environment.
"As our next generation of leaders, young Texans are our most precious resource and brightest rays of hope for the future," said Gov. Perry in his Safe Schools Week proclamation. "It should be our top priority as parents, teachers, community leaders and concerned citizens to guarantee their safety and well-being, especially while they are attending school."
During the course of Texas Safe Schools Week, the Texas Education Agency and Texas School Safety Center (an official university-level research center at Texas State University in San Marcos) will partner to spotlight specific safety issues faced by school districts on a daily basis. Topics to be addressed during the week will include emergency preparedness, bullying, mental health, campus security and student safety. In addition, Commissioner Williams and Dr. Calder will visit a school in the Pflugerville Independent School District on Thursday, Oct. 24, to observe a scheduled evacuation drill.
Texas Safe Schools Week is held annually in conjunction with the national America's Safe Schools Week.
To read the Governor's Safe School Week proclamation, the joint TEA-TxSSC proclamation or to learn more about Texas Safe Schools Week topics, visit the Texas Education Agency website at www.tea.state.tx.us or the Texas School Safety Center website at http://txssc.txstate.edu/.
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