Threat Assessment

Our School Board and Community Partners are committed to making our schools safe for students and staff. The Board responds to all student behaviours that pose a potential risk to other students, staff, and members of the community.

The Student Threat/Violence Risk Assessment protocol and the training of Board administrators and staff in Threat and Risk Assessment is one initiative that supports our school as a safe place for students to learn.

What is the purpose of a student threat/violence risk assessment?

  • To ensure the safety of students, staff and parents
  • To understand, based on the data gathered, the factors that contribute to the threat maker's behaviour
  • To develop an intervention plan that addresses the emotional and physical safety of the threat maker and others

What behaviours initiate a student threat/violence risk assessment?

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, made by gesture or through bullying. Threats are taken seriously, investigated, and responded to in a timely manner.

What is a Threat Assessment Team?

The Threat Assessment Response Team may include Administrators, a School Board Psychologist, Guidance Counselors, a Social Worker, a school resource police officer and other community resources. Without delay, the response team will share and review student information and the details of the event to collaborate using a broad range of expertise. This collaborative process will respect the individual's rights to privacy and the safety of all.

What is the process?

All threat making behaviours are reported to the school Principal who may activate the protocol. A team is formed and people are assigned "data gathering" sources. Information may be obtained from teachers, students, targets, threat makers, parents/caregivers, school records, support groups and agencies, online sites such as Facebook or through backpack searches. The data is shared and a determination is made of low, medium, or high risk. An intervention plan is developed to reduce risk of violence.

Duty to Report

To keep our school community safe, the Board expects anyone in a school community having knowledge of high-risk student behaviour or having reasonable grounds to believe there is a potential for high-risk or violent behaviour to promptly report the information to the school Principal or designates. All Board policies, procedures and protocols align the Ministry of Education's safe schools initiatives and other appropriate legislation.

For additional information, please contact the Principal.