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ESC -20 is excited to introduce a School Safety Cooperative for the 2018-1019 school year. The School Safety Cooperative provides ongoing professional development and technical assistance for Superintendents, campus administrators, and district law enforcement. 

Benefits to membership include: 
•Attendance to School Safety workshops at no cost or a reduced rate.
•Send an unlimited number of participants to workshops.
•Technical assistance at a reduced rate.
April 3, 2019
Critical Incidence Response 
Session Number: 51105

Participant fee: School Safety Co-op $0; Non School Safety Co-op $100
The continued increase in crisis in our schools and community continues to be a growing concern for all of our communities.  This session will provide participants with an organized structure to give emotional support after a loss or traumatic event in any of your schools, school counselor training that prepares you to lead, organize, and deliver mental and emotional support services needed after schools have experienced a loss or trauma, ideas to prepare a toolbox of initial materials and supplies needed to deliver responsive services.  Ideas and suggestions on how to help provide mental and emotional support to district employees when a school experiences a loss or trauma will also be shared.

April 30, 2019
Addressing the Crisis on Campus for Students with Disabilities (8:30 am - 11:30 pm)
Session Number: 58255

Participant fee: School Safety Co-op $25; Non School Safety Co-op $50
In times of crisis, the focus is on safety for all students, staff, and persons involved. When a threatening situation occurs, or when procedures must be followed to ensure safety, persons with special needs may be at even higher risk of injury or be less likely to receive needed care. In this presentation, participants will examine existing care protocols for students with special needs and consider plans and strategies for ensuring safety and stability for them in a crisis situation. Considerations will also be explored for students with social-emotional needs as they recover from a crisis incident on a campus or the loss of a fellow student in an off-campus fatality situation. Regardless of the crisis, certain aspects of awareness, preparation, and training can help ensure safety for all students on your campus.

April 30, 2019
High Threat Risk (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
Session Number: 58257

Participant fee: School Safety Co-op $25; Non School Safety Co-op $50 
The presenter will provide information regarding the most recent developments in identifying characteristics of those committing threats of violence in our schools. She will discuss the warning signs displayed by those who have committed school shootings. The presenter will also share Behavior Threat Assessment forms she developed and review their application.
American Heart Assoc. First-Aid, CPR, AED 
February 20, 2019         8:00am-3:30pm Session Number: 50324
August 6, 2019 8:00am-3:30pm Session Number: 50325

Participant fee: School Safety Co-op $25; Non School Safety Co-op $75 
This workshop is designed for those with little to no medical background. Provides training on basic CPR, AED & First Aid skills. Participants will receive an American Heart Association certification card for completion of the course. 
Youth Mental Health First Aid 
February 20, 2019 8:30am – 4:30pm Session ID: 50751
April 30, 2019 8:30am – 4:30pm Session ID: 50890
July 1, 2019 8:30am – 4:30pm Session ID: 50891
August 1, 2019 8:30am – 4:30pm Session ID: 50892

Participant fee: School Safety Co-op $0; Non School Safety Co-op $0
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes the need for schools to support the whole child and acknowledges the importance of student health and wellness, which includes mental health.  In order for states to provide equitable access to quality education and the conditions to support student learning, mental health is a key part for all this to happen.  State education agencies are now charged with implementation of ESSA. This is critical piece to ensure that health and wellness is supported. This course teaches skills for providing initial support to young people experiencing mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and substance use disorders.  Each participant will receive a certification for completing the 8-hour course and will be certified in Mental Health First Aid USA from the National Council for Behavior Health.

Texas School Safety Center

Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Preventing Drug Abuse Among Children and Adolescents: National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition 

Texas Gang Investigators Association

Texas Suicide Prevention

ESC-20 School Safety Resources

Texas Department Emergency Management

Texas Emergency Management Liaisons by District

FEMA's Independent Study Course

Suggested FEMA online courses for administrators:

IS-100  ICS for School Districts (2 hours)

IS-200  ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (3 hours)

IS-362  Multi Hazard Planning for Schools (3 hours)

IS-700  National Incident Management System (3.5 hours)

IS-800  National Response Framework (3 hours)

FBI graphic: Active Shooter Incidents and Mass Killings in Schools 2000-2017

Making Prevention a Reality: Identifying, Assessing, and Managing the Threat of Targeted Attacks

The FBI’s Behavioral Threat Assessment Center (BTAC), hosted a symposium in July 2015 at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. The purpose of the symposium was to work with experts in targeted violence and threat assessment and review the active shooter problem from a law enforcement and behavioral perspective, and examine promising strategies for preventing these attacks. This monograph is the culmination of those efforts, outlining consensus views and offering BTAC experiences with recommended practices in a field that is evolving. It is hoped this monograph will serve as a useful and practical guide for understanding and implementing threat assessment and management at all levels.


This document offers a process for identifying, assessing, and managing students who may pose a threat of targeted violence in schools. This process–known as threat assessment. This Guide represents a modification of the Secret Service threat assessment process, based upon findings from the Safe School Initiative. It is intended for use by school personnel, law enforcement officials, and others with protective responsibilities in our nation’s schools. This Guide includes suggestions for developing a threat assessment team within a school or school district, steps to take when a threat or other information of concern comes to light, consideration about when to involve law enforcement personnel, issues of information sharing, and ideas for creating safe school climates.

Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model

This guide provides actionable steps that schools can take to develop a comprehensive violence prevention plan and create protocols for conducting threat assessment on their campuses.


In 2014, the FBI published a report titled A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013. In this first report, the FBI focused on the circumstances of the active shooting events (e.g., location, duration, and resolution) but did not attempt to identify the motive driving the offender. The present study is the natural second phase of that initiative, moving from an examination of the parameters of the shooting events to assessing the pre-attack behaviors of the shooters themselves. This second phase, then, turns from the vitally important inquiry of “what happened during and after the shooting” to the pressing questions of “how do the active shooters behave before the attack?” and, if it can be determined, “why did they attack?” The FBI’s objective here was to examine specific behaviors that may precede an attack and which might be useful in identifying, assessing, and managing those who may be on a pathway to deadly violence.

Texas School Safety Center Standard Response Protocol

This video provides a step-by-step process for implementing the Standard Response Protocol developed by the I Love You Guys Foundation. The video and other tools for utilizing the Texas Edition, Standard Response Protocol and Standard Reunification Method can be found on the Tools section of the Texas School Safety Center website.

Security Do’s and Dont’s; A Q&A on School Safety Legal Considerations

Keeping Our Schools Safe

School Marshals and Other School District Personnel carrying Firearms

Governor Abbott’s School Safety Plan Summary
Larry Rodriguez
School Safety Specialist
(210) 370-5616

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