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Threat Assessment

Guidelines for Responding to Student Threats of Violence: Site Based Threat Assessment

Targeted school violence is rarely an unpredictable event. Acts of this type are usually preceded by days or weeks of thought and planning. In most cases, students planning violent acts communicate their intentions to others.

This workshop will review the Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines which have been recognized on the SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices. The Virginia model provides a practical, site-based team approach for conducting thorough, accurate assessments of students' threats of violence. Team member roles, actions steps, documentation and follow-up support will be addressed, and sample district and site protocols will be provided.

A complete site-based threat assessment teams should include a school administrator, school psychologist, school counselor and/or school social worker and a police officer.

This workshop is typically offered at SDCOE three times each year, generally in the fall and winter months.

Upcoming training:

We also encourage school districts to contact us to arrange training specifically for their school teams.



Barbara Higgins
Director, Student Attendance, Safety, and Well-Being