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District Threat Assessment Protocol: Fair Notice
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In the interest of student and staff safety and security, there may be times when schools conduct Threat Assessments.
What behaviours initiate a student threat assessment?
A student threat assessment will be initiated when behaviours include, but are not limited to, serious violence or violence with intent to harm or kill, verbal/written threats to harm/kill others, Internet website/MSN threats to harm/kill others, possession of weapons (including replicas), bomb threats and fire setting.
Duty to Report
To keep school communities safe and caring, staff, parents, students and community members must report all threat-related behaviours.
What is a threat?
A threat is an expression of intent to do harm or act out violently against someone or something. Threats may be verbal, written, drawn, posted on the internet or made by gesture. Threats must be taken seriously, investigated and responded to.
What is a Threat Assessment Team?
Each school has a Threat Assessment Team which is multi-disciplinary. The team may include the principal, vice-principal, counsellor, resource teacher and police liaison officer. The district threat assessment team may consist of district student services staff and other Ministries (e.g. Ministry of Children and Family Development and Fraser Health Authority).
What is the purpose of a student threat assessment?
The purposes of a student threat assessment are to:
- Ensure the safety of students, staff, parents and others.
- Ensure a full understanding of the context of the threat.
- Understand factors contributing to the threat makers’ behaviour.
- Be proactive in developing an intervention plan that addresses the emotional and physical safety of the threat maker.
- Promote the emotional and physical safety of all.
What happens in a student threat assessment?
All threat making behaviour by a student shall be reported to the Principal who will activate the protocol for the initial response. Once the team has been activated, interviews may be held with the student(s), the threat maker, parents and staff to determine the level of risk and develop an appropriate response to the incident. Intervention plans will be shared with parents, staff and students as required.
Can I refuse to participate in a threat assessment process?
It is important for all parties to engage in the process. However, if for some reason there is reluctance to participate in the process by the threat maker or parent/guardian, the threat assessment process will continue in order to promote a safe and caring learning environment, with or without the consent of the threat-maker and/or their parents.