Superintendent Support: School Safety
Welcome to the superintendent support page for School Safety. Simply click on a category link below to be taken directly to those resources.
Educators across our state are committed to the safety of every student in the classroom and on their campuses. The ÈËÆÞÓÕ»ó shares that commitment and provides this listing of resources in support for achieving that goal.
Governorâ€™s Office News Releases
Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan, Senate Finance Committee Chair Joan Huffman, and House Appropriations Chair Dr. Greg Bonnen today announcedÌýthe transfer of more than $874.6 millionÌýto support critical public safety and recovery initiatives, such as border security and school safety, during the current biennium.
Governor Greg Abbott announced John P. Scott as the new Chief of School Safety and Security within the ÈËÆÞÓÕ»ó (ÈËÆÞÓÕ»ó).
Governor Greg Abbott today announced the Governorâ€™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.
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.
Governor Abbott Directs ÈËÆÞÓÕ»ó To Create New Chief Of School Safety And Security Position
Governor Abbott Directs DPS, ÈËÆÞÓÕ»ó, THECB To Expand And Accelerate Implementation Of iWatch Texas Program To Report Suspicious Activity
Governor Abbott Directs ÈËÆÞÓÕ»ó 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
Governor Abbott Calls For Immediate School Safety Review Of Texas Public Schools
To The Administrator Addressed (TAAs)
- Adopted Amended Rules Concerning Safe Schools (TAA) Published October 12, 2023
- Extension of Safety and Facilities Enhancement (SAFE) Grant Needs Assessment (TAA)ÌýPublished September 21, 2023
- House Bill 3 Model Standards for Parental NotificationÌýPublished September 7, 2023
- Safety And Facilities Enhancement (SAFE) GrantÌý(TAA)ÌýPublished August 24, 2023
- School Safety Standards Formula Grant Deadline and New Grant Opportunity Webinar (TAA)ÌýPublished July 20, 2023
- Adopted School Safety Standards (TAA)ÌýPublished June 1, 2023
- School Safety Standards Cost Estimates CollectionÌý(TAA)ÌýPublished December 8, 2022
- School Safety Standards (TAA)ÌýPublished November 3, 2022Ìý
- iWatchTexas School Safety (TAA) Published August 16, 2022Ìý
- School Safety Requirements and InformationÌý(TAA)ÌýPublished July 21, 2022
- Required School Safety Training for School District Trustees Now Available on ÈËÆÞÓÕ»ó LearnÌý(TAA)ÌýPublished 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
- (YouTube) Published August 25, 2023
- (YouTube)ÌýPublished September 15, 2023
School Safety Standards Rule Resources
- School Safety Standards and New Grant Opportunity Webinar FAQ (PDF)
- 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.
- 2022-2025ÌýSchool Safety Standards Formula Grant
ÈËÆÞÓÕ»ó released a formula-based grant applicationÌýto 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)ÌýPublished November 3, 2022
- School Safety Formula Grant Allocation Funding
- The grant application will be available on theÌý.
- See theÌýSchool Safety Related Grant Programs webpage here.
- 2022-2024 Silent Panic Alert Technology GrantÌý(Application Closed)
ÈËÆÞÓÕ»ó 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, ÈËÆÞÓÕ»ó 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
- Summer Audit
The 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.
- to address before start of the 2022-2023 school year
- List of School Safety Recommendations to address before start of the 2018-2019 school yearÌý(PDF)
- K-12 Cybersecurity Initiative
- TX K-12 Cybersecurity Initiative Updates (TAA)ÌýPublished September 21, 2023
- TX K-12 Cybersecurity InitiativeÌý(TAA)ÌýPublished June 15, 2023
- Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) â€“
- Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) â€“