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5053 - Threat Assessment and Response

Policy 5053

Threat Assessment and Response


The board of education is committed to providing a safe environment for members of the school community.  Students, staff and patrons are urged to immediately report any statements or behavior that makes the observer fearful or uncomfortable about the safety of the school environment.


1.            Obligation to Report threatening Statements or Behaviors.

All staff and students must report any threatening statements or behavior to a member of the administration.  Staff and students must make such report regardless of the nature of the relationship between the individual who initiated the threat or threatening behavior and the person(s) who were threatened or who were the focus of the threatening behavior.  Staff and students must also make such reports regardless of where or when the threat was made or the threatening behavior occurred.




2.         Threat Assessment Team

The threat assessment team shall consist of: the superintendent, appropriate building principal and counselor.  The team is responsible for investigating all reported threats to school safety, evaluating the significance of each threat, and devising an appropriate response.


3.         Threat Assessment Investigation and Response

All reports of violent, threatening, stalking or other behavior or statements which could be interpreted as posing a threat to school safety will immediately be forwarded to a member of the team. Upon receipt of an initial report of any threat, the team will take steps to verify the information, make an initial assessment, and document any decision involving further action.  This investigation may include interviews with the person who made the statement(s) or engaged in the behavior of concern, interviews with teachers and other staff members who may have information about the individual of concern, interviews with the target(s) of the threatening statements or behavior, interviews of family members, physical searches of the individual of concern’s person, possessions, and home (as allowed by law and in cooperation with law enforcement), and any other investigatory methods that the team determines to be reasonable and useful. 


At the conclusion of the investigation, the team will determine what, if any, response to the threat is appropriate.  The team is authorized to disclose the results of its investigation to law enforcement and to the target(s) of any threatened acts.  The team may refer the individual of concern to the appropriate school administrator for consequences under the school’s student discipline policy or, if appropriate, report the results of its investigation to the student’s individualized education plan team.


4.         Communication with the Public about Reported Threats

To the extent possible, the team will keep members of the school community informed about possible threats and about the team’s response to those threats.  However, the team will not reveal the identity of the individual of concern or of any target(s) of threatened violence if that individual is a minor. 


Adopted on:     10-13-2008


Revised on:    08/08/2016


Reviewed on: 7-12-2010

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