Safe & Healthy Schools
Promoting school safety and a well-rounded education for all students
ESC Region 12 offers professional development, expert support and guidance in meeting Title IV, Part A state and federal requirements, including student access to a well-rounded education, improving school conditions for student learning, and improving the use of technology to increase academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.
On this page you will find informative updates and high quality training to support counselors, public school health care providers, health educators, physical educators, school nurses and other school staff members designated to ensure the health and wellness of Region 12 children.
Learning and health are interrelated, and schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of our young people.
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Charter School Health Google Group
Counselors Google Group
Health Education Google Group
Nurses Google Group
Physical Education Google Group
School Health Advisory Council Google Group
Safe and Healthy Schools Google Group
Safe and Healthy School Newsletter
Federal Programs Newsletter
Suzanna Avalos, DHA, MSN, BSN, RN
Jeni Janek, M.Ed., LPC
Jennifer Serrato, M.Ed.
Heather Wheeler, M.Ed.
David Baker, LPC, LPC-S
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has a central place to report child abuse and neglect, or abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and exploitation of the elderly or adults with disabilities living at home.
If you suspect abuse or neglect of any kind, call the Abuse Hotline toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, nationwide, or report with the secure DFPS website and get a response within 24 hours.
As mandated reporters, educators and other school staff must remain informed on the topic of child abuse.
Child Abuse Reporting
Texas law says anyone who thinks a child, or person 65 years or older, or an adult with disabilities is being abused, neglected, or exploited must report it to DFPS.
Teachers, coaches, school personnel, youth leaders, and other youth-serving professionals play an important role in preventing teen dating violence. Everyone deserves healthy relationships.
CDC Dating Matters Initiative
Break the Cycle
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Human trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transporting, or procurement of a person for labor or services for the purpose of involuntary servitude, slavery, or forced commercial sex acts.
School Board Training
What does state mandate say about school board training?
What does state mandate say about training staff about sexual abuse and other maltreatment of children?
What does state mandate say about training students?
What does state mandate say about superintendent training?
Unfortunately, crisis happen every day in our schools and those crises can range from weather related to loss of life. These resources will help you prepare for crisis and respond to them once they happen.
Emergency Operation Plans are state mandated. It is comprised of the basic plan and supplemented by the annexes to address various emergencies.
A. TxSSC EOP Toolbox
B. Hazard Risk Assessment Worksheet
C. Incident Command System
D. NIMS Overview
E. FEMA’s The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (ACompanion to the School Guide)
F. FEMA’s Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans
The Clearinghouse is a secure online database that gives employers, the FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs), and State law enforcement personnel real-time information about commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders’ drug and alcohol program violations. An act of Congress directed the Secretary of Transportation to establish the Clearinghouse.
This list contains several resources to utilize in keeping your school and students safe.
School security audits are reported to the Texas School Safety Center in 3-year cycles. ESC Region 12 provides leadership ad consultation to school districts for the successful completion of the audit process by providing multiple service options that may offer convenience and efficiency for school district personnel.
The Search Institute is a nonprofit organization that studies and works to strengthen youth success in schools, coalition, youth and family organizations, and the faith community. These are their resources.
The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) provides consistent, clear, shared language and actions among all students, staff and first responders, that can be applied in any emergency.
The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) referenced in the video below was developed by the "I Love U Guys" Foundation.
View the Texas School Safety Center’s Standard Response Protocol Video >
Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
ESC Region 12 partnered with STOPit Solutions and, through the use of grant funding, offered its nation-leading Anonymous Reporting System and SEL Programs at no cost to our school districts. These programs empower students and staff to report inappropriate behavior, mental health, and safety issues to administrators at their school to ensure the safety and well-being of fellow students and staff.
While the grant funding is no longer available, you can learn more about the partnership here.
The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) is an official university-level research center at Texas State University and serves as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of safety and security information through research, training, and technical assistance for K-12 schools and junior colleges throughout the state of Texas. You can view the complete list of tools on the TxSSC website, or browse the list below.
Threat Assessment is a systematic process to identify persons of concern, gather more information, assess whether a person poses a threat, and if needed, manage situation to reduce risk.
These are the required trainings for educators and school personnel.
Trainings/Professional Development in Statute as of July 2019
TASB School District Training Chart 2020
TEA Guidance for Staff Development
Suicide training is required by statute. These are the rules that address that.
Monumental legislation has dictated the roles of schools in keeping them safe. Review some of the important bills here.
A. 86th (2019) Legislation Summary (Courtesy of Region 4)
B. 83rd Legislature SB 460 (2013)
C. 84th Legislature HB 2186 (2015)
D. 83rd Legislature HB 5 (2013)
E. 86th Legislature SB 11 (2019)
F. 86th Legislature (2019) SB 11 Summary (Courtesy of Region 4)
G. 86th Legislature HB 906 (2019)
H. 83rd Legislature SB 831 (2013)
I. 86th Legislature HB 18 (2019)
J. 85th Legislature SB 179 (2017)
This is legislation that directly impacts the health of our students.
86th Legislature House Bill 684, Sam’s Law (Students with Seizures)
86th Legislature House Bill 496, Trauma training & kits for schools
The health of our students is a big undertaking. What is required?
Sub-chapter A – Control of Communicable Diseases
1. Rule §97.7 – Diseases Requiring Exclusion from Schools
Sub-chapter B – Immunization Requirements in Texas Elementary and Secondary Schools
2. Rule §97.62 – Exclusions from Compliance
3. Rule §97.63 – Immunization Requirements
4. Rule §97.66 – Provisional Enrollment
5. Rule §97.67 – School Records
6. Rule §97.68 – Acceptable Evidence of Vaccinations(s)
7. Rule §97.69 – Transfer of Immunization Records
8. Rule §97.71 – Annual Report of Immunizations Status of Student
Texas Association of School Boards – Student Health and Welfare
Chapter 37 establishes statutes related to student discipline, law, and order in public schools. Individual school districts write and enforce student disciplinary policies that comply with the statutes.
TEA Safe & Healthy Schools
Chapter 37 Safe Schools
Chapter 37 – Safe Schools
The Title IV, Part A - Every Student Succeeds Act – goal is to increase the capacity of schools to meet these goals: (1) provide all students access to a well-rounded education, (2) improve academic outcomes by maintaining safe and healthy students, and (3) improve the use of technology to advance student academic achievement.
ESSA State Plan
TEA Strategic Priorities and Recommended Uses of Funds
ESC Region 12’s Title IV, Part A Allowable Uses Guide
TEA Funding and Grant FAQs
US Department of Education Title IV, Part A Non-Regulatory Guidance
TEA Title IV, Part A
TEA Title IV, Part A Program Webinar (April 2020)
Title IV, Part A Statue
Region 16’s Title IV, Part A
ACET Fall Conference 2019, Title IV, Part A Slides
Title IV, Part A Needs Assessment
Trauma Informed Care is required by statute. These are the laws that address that.
State law requires every Texas school district to adopt an attendance accounting system that includes procedures to ensure the accurate recording and reporting of student attendance data. The Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) contains the official attendance accounting requirements that all public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in Texas must meet.
Counseling Services offers expert assistance, information updates, including legislative and legal mandates, and support for initiatives in public education that enhance student development and academic achievement.
Bullying has detrimental effects on students and the school environment. These are resources to address bullying.
Texas School Safety Center Bullying Resources
Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center
Cyberbullying Research Center
ESC 14 & Title IV, Part A State Initiative Bully Prevention
These resources can be used for counseling and mental health support.
Texas Health and Human Services Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services for Children & Adolescents
Region 12 Local Mental Health Authority Map
2022-2023 Counseling Services Events Roster
Comprehensive School Support Services – Mental Health Liaison Partnership Flyer
The Counselor Co-Operative offers the latest professional development, expert assistance, information updates, legislative mandates, and networking with professional counselors in an effort to enhance school campus achievement and performance.
Online resources to help reduce children anxiety in response to COVID-19
If you feel your child is experiencing a crisis, reach out to a local health provider or text 741741
Teaching our students to be responsible and safe online is crucial. These are resources to use.
Common Sense Media-Digital Citizenship
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Be Internet Awesome
One out of every 4 children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior. These resources will teach about mental health issues and provide support.
The Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (PDF)
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)
Mental Health First Aid
Olweus Bullying Program
Psychological First Aid for Schools
Use our Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA) Map below to identify who the appropriate LMHA is in your area.
Caring School Community
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family Education Program
Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines
National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Below is a Parent Conference template developed to guide the conversation between educators or administrators and parents.
Parent Conference Template
Student Development Presentations provide affordable and locally accessed student presentations that are motivating, engaging, and inspiring led by experienced speakers trained in youth counseling.
These resources can be used to address substance abuse prevention and intervention.
Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Good Behavior Game (GBG)
Unique YOU Program
Michigan Model for Health
PALS: Prevention through Alternative Learning Styles
Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL) Program
These resources will support suicide prevention.
Trauma Informed Care is required by statute. These resources will help meet this need.
Coordinated School Health commonly consists of 8 components that encompass all aspects of the school environment. The components interact to function as a unified system. These components incorporate:
The Ten Components of Coordinated School Health:
The Coordinated School Health Co-Op is designed for public school health care providers, PK-12 health educators, pk-12 physical educators, school nurses/healthcare providers and other school staff designed to ensure the health and wellness of district children. Members receive up-to-date information on the latest health priority areas to enable district personnel confidence and reliable health care information.
Participating schools receive:
Michelle Butler, BSN, RN
Foster Care & Student Success, housed in Texas Education Agency’s Division of Federal and State Education Policy maintains resources and information to advance the education of student’s impacted by foster care. The resources and materials provide guidance related to the unique circumstances surrounding students who are in the foster care system and attend Texas public schools
ESC Region 12 Foster Care Resources
Region 12 Foster Care Guide
ESC Region 12 Homeless/Unaccompanied Youth Support
Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth
Visit our ESC Region 12 Child Nutrition Page for more in-depth information related to child nutrition.
DSHS Information: Nutrition & WIC
School Health Advisory Councils (SHAC)
SHAC Funding and Resources
SHAC Guide for Texas School Districts
Automated External Defibrillator
Concussions and Management Protocol
Cardiac Health Information
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