School Safety Resources
Governor’s Office News Releases
Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Phelan, Senate Finance, House Appropriations Committee Chairs Announce Additional $874.6 Million For Public Safety Initiatives
Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan, Senate Finance Committee Chair Joan Huffman, and House Appropriations Chair Dr. Greg Bonnen today announced the transfer of more than $874.6 million to support critical public safety and recovery initiatives, such as border security and school safety, during the current biennium.
Governor Abbott Announces New Chief Of School Safety And Security
Governor Greg Abbott announced John P. Scott as the new Chief of School Safety and Security within the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Governor Abbott Announces ALERRT Travel Assistance, Bullet-Resistant Shield Grant Program
Governor Greg Abbott today announced the Governor’s Public Safety Office (PSO) is accepting applications from law enforcement agencies for Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) travel assistance and the Bullet-Resistant Shield Grant Program for fiscal year 2023.
- Request ALERRT Training Course
- ALERRT Training Cost Reimbursements (PDF)
- SH Ballistic Shields Announcement (PDF)
Governor Abbott, DPS Launch iWatchTexas PSA To Promote Reporting System
Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today launched a public service announcement to promote awareness of the iWatchTexas community reporting system as teachers, students, and school faculty across the state return to school for the new school year.
Chief of School Security
Governor Abbott Directs TEA To Create New Chief Of School Safety And Security Position
Governor Abbott Directs DPS, TEA, THECB To Expand And Accelerate Implementation Of iWatch Texas Program To Report Suspicious Activity
Safe and Secure Schools
Governor Abbott Directs TEA To Provide Strategies To Make Texas Public Schools Safer
Governor Abbott Directs HHSC To Ensure All Children In Uvalde Have Access To Behavioral Health Resources
School Safety Review
Governor Abbott Calls For Immediate School Safety Review Of Texas Public Schools
To The Administrator Addressed (TAAs)
- Extension of Safety and Facilities Enhancement (SAFE) Grant Needs Assessment (TAA) Published September 21, 2023
- House Bill 3 Model Standards for Parental Notification Published September 7, 2023
- Safety And Facilities Enhancement (SAFE) Grant (TAA) Published August 24, 2023
- School Safety Standards Formula Grant Deadline and New Grant Opportunity Webinar (TAA) Published July 20, 2023
- Adopted School Safety Standards (TAA) Published June 1, 2023
- School Safety Standards Cost Estimates Collection (TAA) Published December 8, 2022
- School Safety Standards (TAA) Published November 3, 2022
- iWatchTexas School Safety (TAA) Published August 16, 2022
- School Safety Requirements and Information (TAA) Published July 21, 2022
- Required School Safety Training for School District Trustees Now Available on TEA Learn (TAA) Published July 21, 2022
- Required School Safety Action Steps This Summer (TAA) Published June 30, 2022
- Extension of School Safety and Security Grant (TAA) Published June 30, 2022
88th Legislative Session School Safety Guidance
- House Bill 3 Overview and Guidance Video (YouTube) Published August 25, 2023
- Armed Security Personnel Options Webinar (YouTube) Published September 15, 2023
School Safety Standards Rule Resources
- School Safety Standards and New Grant Opportunity Webinar FAQ (PDF)
- School Safety Standards in 19 TAC §61.1031
- School Safety Related Grants - FAQ Submission
- Safety and Facility Enhancement (SAFE) Grant
The 88th Texas Legislative Session appropriated $800M towards supporting school systems in meeting the adopted school safety standards. School systems that have applied to the 2022-2025 School Safety Standards Formula Grant and have not certified compliance with the facility requirements are highly encouraged to complete the Safety and Facility Enhancement (SAFE) grant needs assessment.
- 2022-2025 School Safety Standards Formula Grant
TEA released a formula-based grant application to support the school safety standards proposed rules referenced above. The grant will allow for pre-award for items purchased on or after June 1, 2022. For more information, LEAs should review the allocation funding, allowable costs, and grant links listed below.
- School Safety Formula Grant Allowable Costs (PDF) Published November 3, 2022
- School Safety Formula Grant Allocation Funding
- The grant application will be available on the TEA Grant Opportunities page.
- 2022-2025 School Safety Standards FAQs
- See the School Safety Related Grant Programs webpage here.
- 2022-2024 Silent Panic Alert Technology Grant (Application Closed)
TEA released a formula grant program on October 28, 2022, to provide grant funds to LEAs to purchase silent panic alert technologies for campuses as a measure of school safety. Silent panic alert technology is generally defined as a silent system signal generated by the activation of a device, either manually or through software applications, intended to signal a life-threatening or emergency situation (such as an active shooter, intruder, or other emergency situation) requiring a response from law enforcement and/or other first responders.
- School Safety Standards Cost Estimates
With the release of the School Safety Standards, TEA has designed cost collection tools to assist LEAs. Although the survey collection has closed, all school systems that need to upgrade facilities to meet the School Safety Standards are highly encouraged to utilize these tools.
- School Safety Standards Cost Estimate Tools
- Exterior Door Safety Audit
- Weekly Exterior Door Sweeps
- Weekly Exterior Door Sweeps Webinar Recording (Video) Published August 18, 2022
- Weekly Exterior Door Sweeps Webinar Deck (PDF) Published August 12, 2022
- Campus-Level Weekly Exterior Door Sweep Tool (Excel) Published August 18, 2022
- District-Level Weekly Exterior Door Sweep Tool (Excel) Published July 21, 2022
- Summer Audit
The Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University serves as a central location for school safety information and provides schools with research, training, and technical assistance to reduce youth violence and promote safety in Texas.
- List of School Safety Recommendations to address before start of the 2022-2023 school year
- List of School Safety Recommendations to address before start of the 2018-2019 school year (PDF)
- Safety & Security Agreements Workshops
- Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Training
- Standard Response Protocol/Standard Reunification Method Certified Trainer Workshops
- Threat Assessment Management Workshops
- K-12 Cybersecurity Initiative
- TX K-12 Cybersecurity Initiative Updates (TAA) Published September 21, 2023
- TX K-12 Cybersecurity Initiative (TAA) Published June 15, 2023
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behaviors (PDF)
- Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action (PDF)
- Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence (PDF)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
- The School Mental Health Referral Path (SMHRP) Toolkit (PDF)
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Summary (PDF)
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a free, evidence-based training available to all educators. MHFA is an 8-hour instructor led course, which teaches the general public about the signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance use disorders.
MHFA is free to teachers and any school district employee. Education Service Centers (ESCs) and Independent School Districts (ISDs) can contact the local mental health authority (LMHA) or local behavioral health authority (LBHA) in their areas and begin the process of scheduling training during June, July, and August 2018, and continue their efforts to train throughout Fiscal Year 2019. There is an MHFA coordinator at each LMHA/LBHA who can help schedule a training class.
To identify the LMHA/LBHA in your area, please visit: https://hhs.texas.gov/services/mental-health-substance-use/mental-health-substance-use-resources/find-your-local-mental-health-or-behavioral-health-authority.
Access information for the LMHA/LBHA through the online search tool: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/mhservices-search/.
To download a copy of the crosswalk of Texas LMHA’s/LBHA and LEA, including the designated Mental Health First Aid Coordinator: Crosswalk of LMHA and TEA (PDF)
Integrated Pest Management
Title 4 Agriculture, Part 1 Texas Department of Agriculture, Chapter 7 Pesticides, Subchapter H Structural Pest Control Service, Division 7 Integrated Pest Management Program for School Districts
- School Integrated Pest Management
TAC 7.114 Definition of Terms
TAC 7.201 Responsibility of School Districts to Adopt an IPM Program
TAC 7.202 Responsibilities of the IPM Coordinator
TAC 7.203 Responsibilities of Certified Applicators and Licensed Technicians
TAC 7.204 Pesticide Use in School Districts
TAC 7.205 Incidental Use for Schools