Superintendent Support: School Safety

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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 49ͼ 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

Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan, Senate Finance Committee Chair Joan Huffman, and House Appropriations Chair Dr. Greg Bonnen today announcedthe transfer of more than $874.6 millionto 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 49ͼ (49ͼ).

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.

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 49ͼ To Create New Chief Of School Safety And Security Position

Governor Abbott Directs DPS, 49ͼ, THECB To Expand And Accelerate Implementation Of iWatch Texas Program To Report Suspicious Activity

Governor Abbott Directs 49ͼ 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

49ͼ Resources

To The Administrator Addressed (TAAs)

88th Legislative Session School Safety Guidance

  • (YouTube)
  • (YouTube) Published August 25, 2023
  • (YouTube)Published September 15, 2023
  • Guidelines for Multihazard Emergency Operations (PDF)Published April 18, 2024
  • District Vulnerability Assessment
    The Office of School Safety and Security will offer two webinars that will provide a high-level overview of the What, Where, When, Why, Who, and How of District Vulnerability Assessments.
    • Participants Must:
      • Be Superintendents and/or their school safety designee.
      • Have a registered Zoom account for verification and authentication purposes.
      • Register using their district email address.
    • Webinars
  • FY 2023 School Safety Allotment Report (PDF) Published June 4, 2024

School Safety Standards Rule Resources

    • (YouTube)
    • 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.
      • 2022-2025School Safety Standards Formula Grant
        49ͼ released a formula-based grant applicationto 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.
      • 2022-2024 Silent Panic Alert Technology Grant(Application Closed)
        49ͼ 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.

      Audit Resources

      Texas School Safety Center

      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.

      Training Opportunities

      Cybersecurity Resources

      Additional School Safety Resources

      • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) –
      • Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) –