School Safety Resources

Educators across our state are committed to the safety of every student in the classroom and on their campuses. The Texas Education Agency shares that commitment and provides this listing of resources in support for achieving that goal.

Governor’s School Safety Correspondence

Governor’s Office News Releases

Chief of School Security
Governor Abbott Directs TEA To Create New Chief Of School Safety And Security Position

iWatch
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

Mental Health
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

TEA Resources

Texas School Safety Center

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.

Training Opportunities

Additional School Safety Resources

Mental Health

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

    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

    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

    Weather and Disaster Information

    The Texas Education Agency provides a number of resources for school districts affected by extreme weather, natural disasters, or man-made disasters.