Threat Assessment Protocol
SASD is committed to assertively handling threats to our schools. The District prohibits any district student from communicating threats directed at students, employees, Board members, community members or property owned, leased or being used by the district. Per Act 18 of 2019, and Act 55 of 2022, the District has established a Threat Assessment Team comprised of school administrators, mental health professionals, special education teachers, the SASD Safety & Security Coordinator and the School Resource Officer. This team is designed to assess and intervene with students whose behavior may indicate a threat to the safety of the student, other students, school employees, school facilities and the community. This team coordinates with law enforcement and outside services, like the county teams of the Franklin and/or Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office when necessary, to ensure a safe outcome for all stakeholders. Team members are trained in the utilization of Comprehensive Threat Assessment Guidelines derived from the University of Virginia’s Youth Violence Project.
A threat assessment process has been developed for assessing and intervening with students whose behavior may indicate a threat to the safety of the student, other students, school employees, school facilities, the community and others. Threats are concerning communications or behaviors that suggest a person may intend to harm themselves or someone else. These may be expressed or communicated behaviorally, orally, visually, in writing, electronically or through any other means. Threats can be either direct (directed toward a target) or indirect (communicated through a third party). Threats can also be deduced through an individual’s behavior.
Threats should be reported immediately to the building administrator when school is in session. When school is not in session, we encourage the use of the Safe2Say Platform, accessed online at www.safe2saypa.org, the downloadable app or at 1-844-SAF2SAY. If the threat is perceived to be imminent, call 911.