Texas House Bill No. 3 relates to school safety and the requirement of public schools to develop and implement safety and security measures, including the development of a multihazard emergency operations plan (EOP) with active shooter threat strategy and emergency response mapping for each location within the district. Funds from the 2022-2025 School Safety Standards Formula Grant and Senate Bill 11 School Safety Allotment may be used to meet these requirements for improving the safety and security of school facilities.
For information about applying for a School Safety Standards Formula Grant, visit https://tea.texas.gov/finance-and-grants/grants/grants-administration/applying-for-a-grant.
Find more information about the School Safety Allotment at https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/news-and-multimedia/correspondence/taa-letters/school-safety-allotment.
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Texas House Bill No. 3 Parameters
StrataSite™ emergency response mapping is GIS-compatible to integrate with local emergency response agency technology as part of Texas school EOPs, to meet funding requirements detailed in the final version of the bill, excerpted below:
Section 37.108. MULTIHAZARD EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN; SAFETY AND SECURITY AUDIT.
Each school district or public junior college district shall adopt and implement a multihazard emergency operations plan for use in the district's facilities. The plan must address prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery as defined by the Texas School Safety Center in conjunction with the governor's office of homeland security, the commissioner of education, and the commissioner of higher education. The plan must provide for:
- training in responding to an emergency for district employees, including substitute teachers;
- measures to ensure district employees, including substitute teachers, have classroom access to a telephone, including a cellular telephone, or another electronic communication device allowing for immediate contact with district emergency services or emergency services agencies, law enforcement agencies, health departments, and fire departments;
- measures to ensure district communications technology and infrastructure are adequate to allow for communication during an emergency;
- if the plan applies to a school district, mandatory school drills and exercises, including drills required under Section 37.114, to prepare district students and employees for responding to an emergency;
- measures to ensure coordination with the Department of State Health Services and local emergency management agencies, law enforcement, health departments, and fire departments in the event of an emergency;
- the implementation of a safety and security audit as required by Subsection (b); and
- any other requirements established by the Texas School Safety Center in consultation with the agency and relevant local law enforcement agencies.
Section 37.117. EMERGENCY RESPONSE MAP AND WALK-THROUGH.
Each school district and open-enrollment charter school shall provide to the Department of Public Safety and all appropriate local law enforcement agencies and emergency first responders:
- an accurate map of each district campus and school building that is developed and documented in accordance with the standards described by Section 37.351 related to developing site and floor plans, access control, and exterior door numbering; and
- an opportunity to conduct a walk-through of each district campus and school building using the map described by Subdivision(1).
Additional School Safety and Security Funding Opportunities
2022-2025 School Safety Standards Formula Grant
The 2022-2025 School Safety Standards Formula Grant is to assist local education agencies (LEAs) in meeting the Chapter 61, Sub-chapter CC, 61.1031 of Commissioner's Rules and additional security-related costs, such as those allowed under the Senate Bill 11 School Safety Allotment, for improving the safety and security of school facilities by funding equipment, programs, personnel, resources and other purposes. A total of $400 million in funding is available through this grant initiative.
Stronger Connections Grant
Texas was awarded $93,985,252 for the Stronger Connections Grant Program (SCG), a program of the Bipartisan Safety Communities Act (BSC) which provides historic funding to support schools in establishing safe learning environments.
COPS School Violence Prevention Program
The COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) provides funding directly to states, units of local government, Indian tribes, and their public agencies to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the recipient’s jurisdiction through evidence-based school safety programs and technology for coordinated emergency response.
BJA’s STOP School Violence Program
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) STOP School Violence Program provides funding for initiatives to prevent violence in a K-12 school setting, to further the DOJ’s mission by supporting and assisting county, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions in improving efforts to reduce violent crime in and around schools.