Changes to Texas School Safety Requirements from the 86th Texas Legislative Session – Part 4 - Socio-Emotional Health

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Aug 6, 2019 5:22:00 AM

In our previous post we explored aspects of changes from the 86th Texas Legislative session related to emergency preparedness.  Now let’s look at changes related to socio-emotional health.

Let’s explore changes to the Texas Education Code (TEC) from the 86th  Texas Legislative session that relate to mental health and socio-emotional wellness.  The primary bill is Senate Bill 11 (SB 11), formally titled: 

AN ACT relating to policies, procedures, and measures for school safety and mental health promotion in public schools and the creation of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium.

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Changes to Texas School Safety Requirements from the 86th Texas Legislative Session – Part 3

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Aug 1, 2019 11:30:00 AM

In our previous post we explored aspects of changes from the 86th Texas Legislative session related to facility hardening and hostile events.  Now let’s look at changes related to emergency preparedness.

Senate Bill 11 (SB 11) Section 10 is the cornerstone of the preparedness changes.  Please read read this bill in it’s entirety to understand it fully.  As it goes with changes to law, much of it begs further clarification as to what it means exactly.  The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) will need time to set rules and issue guidance.

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Connect and Protect: Why CRUX is unique

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Jul 30, 2019 10:01:00 AM

Today, technology surrounds us in a way that we could hardly imagine just a few decades ago. We’re connected via our devices and laptops, as well as many appliances and other items in our home. And increasingly, the very buildings we work and live in are incorporating new technology into their design. Or at least, they should be.

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Changes to Texas School Safety Requirements from the 86th Texas Legislative Session – Part 2

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Jul 25, 2019 12:35:00 PM

The 86th Texas Legislative session, which concluded in May 2019 produced a number of school safety-related bills which were signed into law by Governor Abbott.  Senate Bill 11 (SB 11) is the cornerstone bill for school safety.  There are nearly a dozen others that also either directly or indirectly address some aspect of it.  Let’s explore some of the aspects of the collective bills related to facility hardening and protection from hostile events. 

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Changes to Texas School Safety Requirements from the 86th Texas Legislative Session – Part 1

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Jul 12, 2019 10:10:37 AM

Over the next few blog posts, we will explore various aspects of what came out of the 86th Legislature related to school safety requirements in Texas public and charter schools.

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Characteristics to Look for When Identifying Troubled Students

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Mar 26, 2019 4:58:05 PM

There is no debate that identifying threats before they happen is key to making our schools safer. This task is not simple. Students today have a complex life and display many emotions. This list of characteristics is a great place for SROs to start learning how to identify troubled students. 

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The Informal Role of the School Resource Officer

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Mar 26, 2019 4:38:49 PM

School Resource Officer Role is Evolving

The role of the SRO has been evolving for some time. NASRO found that SROs do not contribute to a school-to-prison pipeline. On the contrary, they do not arrest students for disciplinary actions that would normally be handled by the staff if the SRO were not there. Their focus is to help troubled students avoid the juvenile justice system altogether. It was determined that when SRO prevalence rose, the rate of juvenile arrests declined.

Read more at our School Resource Officer White Paper Page.

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A Plan to Improve School Safety and Security - Part 1

Posted by Drew Deatherage on Oct 18, 2018 10:14:02 AM

The need for every school system to have a comprehensive school safety and security plan has never been greater and the good news is that you don't have to figure it out all on your own.

There is a Roadmap to help us create safer schools. 

The news and school crime statistics paint a challenging picture for educators in the United States today.  While the number of incidents involving weapons on our school campuses is on the rise, the media magnifies every incident no matter the scale.

Even though our schools are some of the safest places on earth, the increase in violence and the heightened focus from the media is causing an ever-increasing level of anxiety for students, parents, and teachers alike creating pressure to ACT. Couple this with the fact that administrators and school board members are absolutely bombarded with vendors offering "THE SOLUTION" that will solve all of your problems. It is a lot to sort through. 

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Topics: School Safety, Roadmap

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