School Behavioral Threat Assessment:
88th Legislative Session Update
Video Length - 17:53 | Download Video Transcript
Video Time Stamps
00:01 – Introduction
00:12 – Three Goals
00:55 – New SBTA Responsibilities
01:14 – Establish
02:31 – Protect
05:00 – Notify
15:06 – Retain
15:49 – Share
17:04 – Summary
17:24 – Contact Us
This video introduces you to the five new responsibilities concerning the school behavioral threat assessment process in Texas resulting from the 88th legislative session. It also provides guidance for understanding and implementing these responsibilities, and related resources for those desiring additional information.
- School Threat Assessment Teams
- School Administrators
- School Staff
These resources may be helpful when addressing the legislative updates presented in the video. To view these additional resources please follow the links below.
K-12 Threat Assessment Case Worksheet 2023-2024*
*This document is provided as a resource after attending the School Behavioral Threat Assessment Training through the TxSSC.
Sample Script Parental Notification of Intent to Conduct a SBTA
Before conducting the school behavioral threat assessment, the threat assessment team is required per Texas Education Code 37.115 (j-1) to notify the parent or guardian their student will be included in a school behavioral threat assessment. This sample script may assist you with notifying parents.
Parental Notification of SBTA Findings and Conclusions 2023-2024
After conducting the school behavioral threat assessment, this sample will assist in notifying parents of the findings and conclusions.
School Behavioral Threat Assessment Training
Threat Assessment provides a proactive, evidence-based approach for identifying individuals who may pose a threat and providing interventions before a violent incident occurs. With the passage of Senate Bill 11, Texas public schools and open-enrollment charter schools are mandated to establish a threat assessment team to serve at each campus, and each team is required to complete training provided by the Texas School Safety Center or an approved Regional Education Service Center. This training satisfies the mandated training requirement for team members. Prerequisite: Behavioral Threat Assessment Course through the Texas School Safety Center’s School Safety Learning Portal.
Advanced School Behavioral Threat Assessment Training
The Advanced School Behavioral Threat Assessment Training leads participants through multiple tabletop exercises on different fact patterns, providing participants the opportunity to handle threat cases from start to finish, iron out their roles and responsibilities, and hone their procedures and decision-making, all with continuous trainer feedback. In addition to multiple tabletop exercises, this advanced training also includes discussion on common problems and solutions in implementing school threat assessment programs. The Texas School Safety Center requests that participants register for this training after receiving their certificate of participation for the School Behavioral Threat Assessment Training mentioned above.
Operationalizing School Behavioral Threat Assessment Technical Assistance
The Texas School Safety Center offers technical assistance sessions to answer questions related to the implementation of SBTA processes and individual district needs. Districts will receive an action plan, based on the outcomes of the technical assistance session, that will support threat assessment teams in improving their threat assessment program.