Statements from the Texas School Safety Center
June 6, 2022
The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) sent the following message to school district contacts and superintendents to provide guidance regarding Governor Abbott’s letter outlining safety and security requirements that schools must complete this summer.
June 2, 2022
The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) responded to Governor Abbott’s June 1 directives with this letter from TxSSC Director Dr. Kathy Martinez-Prather.
June 1, 2022
The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) received Governor Abbott’s letter and shares his desire to ensure the safety and security of our schools. TxSSC is designing a program and action items to specifically address the governor’s directives within the prescribed timelines.
May 27, 2022
The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) is a research center at Texas State University, tasked in Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code and the Governor’s Homeland Security Strategic Plan with key school safety initiatives and mandates. The TxSSC is not a regulatory agency. The TxSSC serves as a clearinghouse for safety and security information through research, training, and technical assistance for K-12 schools, charter schools, and junior colleges in Texas.
The Texas Education Code requires school districts to complete safety and security audits of their facilities once every three years and report those finding to the TxSSC. Findings from the safety and security audits are compiled into a statewide report through the District Audit Report, which provides key results of the safety and security audits completed by Texas public school districts. In the TxSSC’s most recent 2017-2020 District Audit Report, Uvalde CISD reported to be in compliance with school safety mandates.
The TxSSC is also charged with the review and verification of Multi-Hazard Emergency Operation Plan for school districts. After a statewide review of school districts’ emergency plans, Uvalde CISD’s plan was found to contain a basic emergency operations plan that prioritized hazards affecting the district, including an active shooter policy that contained district actions addressing all five phases of emergency management.
An emergency operations plan can be in place, along with policies and procedures, but those plans and procedures are only as effective as they are implemented.
The tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School is currently an ongoing investigation. The TxSSC does not comment on ongoing investigations.
May 25, 2022
The following “School Safety Considerations” message was sent from the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) to all Texas schools. It included resources, tools, and points of consideration on a variety of school safety topics including access control, drills and training exercises, Emergency Operations Plans, and trauma-informed care.