Safety and Emergency Management
Creating and maintaining a safe learning environment is fundamental for every school district. The following are resources related to school safety, including school safety committees, required safety audits, and school police officers; and emergency management, including multihazard emergency operations plans and emergency equipment and procedures.
Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies. Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations. For more information on safety and emergency management, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:
||Safety Program/Risk Management
||Accident Prevention and Reports
||Emergency Medical Equipment and Procedures
||Security Personnel/Peace Officers
- TASB Legal Services' article Firearms and School Visitors: Update on 2015 Open Carry Laws and Signage provides information about openly carried handguns on school property.
- TASB Legal Services' memo Firearms on School District Property answers numerous questions about restrictions on possession of firearms on school property and at school activities.
- TASB Legal Services' memo School Marshals and Other School District Personnel Carrying Firearms describes the circumstances under which a school district may authorize school personnel to carry firearms.
- TASB Legal Services' Legal Questions about Drones at Schools offers guidance on emerging issues with respect to unmanned aircraft vehicles (drones) and Texas school districts.
- TASB Legal Services' memo Responding to the Risk of Infectious Disease in Public Schools addresses questions regarding communications, health screening, attendance, and employment matters in times of infectious disease, like Ebola, Enterovirus, or pandemic flu.
- TASB Legal Services' Emergency Procedures for School Districts answers frequently asked questions about district operations during emergencies, including operating district facilities as emergency shelters, purchasing procedures, and payment and attendance of personnel.
- TASB has compiled resources and links related to student safety.
- TASB Risk Management Fund members can access an online library of safety resources, including a Loss Prevention Manual, Loss Prevention Safety Kit, Employee Safety Manual, and a School Safety and Emergency Response Manual.
- TASB HR Services members can access the HR Library, available behind myTASB, for information on required workplace postings under the heading HR Department.
- TASB HR Services' workplace posters are available for sale in the TASB Store.
- For information on Internet safety, see eSource at Business – District Technology.
- For information on planning for pandemic flu, see eSource at Students – Student Health and Welfare.
- For information on student discipline for firearms at school, see eSource at Students – Student Conduct and Discipline.
- The Texas Attorney General's (AG) Saving Lives When Seconds Count: School Safety for Texas Schools provides several resources addressing school safety, including a School Safety Guide as well as information on security audits, emergency response plans, and safety resources for students.
- The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) provides several resources, including those addressing Internet safety, school safety standards, emergency management, safety audits, and preparedness drills.
- The TxSSC Texas Unified School Safety and Security Standards Website provides criteria to aid districts developing an emergency management program.
- The TxSSC Role of Districts in Emergency Management Website provides districts a toolkit that can be used to conduct the statutory safety and security audit as well as related training and reporting information.
- The Texas Emergency Management Preparedness Website provides information about the state's emergency management program, such as plans for emergency preparedness and response and training opportunities.
- The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) A Guide to Safe Schools Website includes links to to safe schools resources.
- The U.S. DOE Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center Website provides districts several emergency management resources.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ready.gov Website provides communities, businesses, and individuals information on emergency preparedness and response.
- The FEMA Website provides information about disaster preparedness, declared disasters, and requests for assistance.
- The Texas School District Police Chiefs' Association Website provides information about district police departments and related forms and sample policies.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos in Schools Website includes information on the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) and related publications published in both English and Spanish.
- The Charles A. Dana Center Texas Safety Standards: Kindergarten through Grade 12 Science Website provides an overview of the laws, regulations, and standards for school science safety.
- The University Interscholastic League (UIL) Automated External Defibrillator Information Website provides information about the statutory automated external defibrillator (AED) requirements for UIL member campuses, AED protocols and guidance, and answers to frequently asked questions.
- The American Red Cross CPR, First Aid and AED Website provides information about AED training.