Summer has now officially begun, but we are still hard at work making sure to bring you updates that are relevant to you and your family. In this week’s newsletter, you will find news from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the General Land Office, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Texas Department of Transportation. Be sure you read on to learn this important information.
This coming week, the House Committee on Public Education has scheduled two hearings in order to discuss school safety. Speaker Joe Straus issued three new interim charges to the committee, including one joint charge with the House Committee on Public Health.
On Wednesday, June 27, we will be hearing the following two charges:
- Review the effectiveness of schools’ current multi-hazard emergency operation plans. Determine any areas of deficiency and make recommendations to ensure student safety. Research violence prevention strategies, such as threat assessment, that are available for school personnel to identify students who might pose a threat to themselves or others. Identify resources and training available to schools to help them develop intervention plans that address the underlying problems that caused the threatening behavior.
- Examine current school facilities and grounds. Consider any research-based ‘best practices’ when designing a school to provide a more secure environment. Review the effectiveness of installing metal detectors, cameras, safety locks, streaming video of school security cameras, and other measures designed to improve school safety.
On Thursday, June 28, we will be holding a joint hearing with the Committee on Public Health to address the following charge:
- Consider testimony provided at the May 17 House Public Health Committee hearing regarding improving mental health services for children. Identify specific strategies that would enhance overall school safety. Study ways to help parents, youth and primary care providers support school personnel in their efforts to identify and intervene early when mental health problems arise. In addition to school-based trauma-informed programs and those that treat early psychosis, consider the benefits of universal screening tools and expanding the Child Psychiatry Access Program (CPAP). Make recommendations to enhance collaboration among the Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Education Agency, local mental health authorities, and education service centers.
If you have any comments questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or my staff. You can find our contact information at the bottom of this email.
Have a wonderful weekend.