• Student Threat Assessment

     

    Shoreline School District is a member of the Puget Sound ESD (PSESD) Threat Assessment Cooperative, which utilizes the Salem Keizer student threat assessment model, a standardized approach across the state.

    • A threat assessment system uses early interventions to keep students safe and engaged in school.
    • Using an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach, it is used to identify, evaluate and support students who present a significant concern or threat to themselves and others.
    • At each level, multidisciplinary teams work directly with students, families and the community to provide wraparound supports designed to break negative patterns and steer youth in a positive direction.

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    Student Threat Assessment System

     

    Anyone, including students, families, and community members may report communication or behavior that appears to be threatening or potentially threatening to any building administrator or using the district’s safety tipline located on the district website.

    When a student or students are identified as a potential risk to others, they are assessed using a two-level approach:

     

    Level 1 School Team: 

    Level 1 Purpose:

    • Building Administrator or Dean (Facilitator of Level 1 team)
    • Counselor/School Psychologist
    • Special Education staff member, if student receives special education services
    • School Safety (if secondary)
    • Teacher
    • Parent/Legal Guardian

    A school-based threat assessment means the formal process of evaluating the threatening, or potentially threatening, behavior of a student, and the circumstances surrounding the threat, to uncover any facts or evidence that the student or other actor is likely to carry out the threat.

    If the school team determines the situation is high risk, in need of more help with the investigation, or it lacks necessary resources, the Level 2 community-based multi-disciplinary team is called.

    Level 2 Community Team:

    Level 2 Purpose:

    • Puget Sound ESD Facilitator  (Facilitator of Level 2 team)
    • School Representatives (Building Administrator, Counselor/Psychologist, Special Education)
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Child Protective Services
    • Law Enforcement
    • Mental Health
    • Youth Serving Agencies
    • Race/Equity Consultant

    A community-based threat assessment  means the formal process, established by the Puget Sound Educational Service District, to evaluate the level of risk posed by the threatening, or potentially threatening, behavior of a student using information gathered during the Level 1 process. Level 2 Team members are representatives from the school-based team and community-based agencies with knowledge or potential knowledge of the student, threat assessment, safety, and child welfare. The Level 2 Team agencies include Juvenile Justice, Child Protective Services, and representatives from local Law Enforcement and Mental Health Providers, and other agencies when appropriate.



    Resources

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    Puget Sound ESD (PSESD) Threat Assessment Cooperative

    • PSESD Threat Assessment Canvas Page
      • Level 1 Protocols, training materials, current documents, resources
      • Access to Canvas is maintained by Cassandra Dempsey, Program Specialist at PSESD, cdempsey@psesd.org 
    • Support
      • Consultation - Facilitation - Coaching
      • Convening of Level 2 Community Team
      • Professional development, training, and networking
    • PSESD Threat Assessment staff
      • Lawrence Davis, Regional School Safety Program Manager - ldavis@psesd.org
      • Nasarin Ahmed, Consultant, School Safety & Threat Assessment - nahmed@psesd.org
      • Cassandra Dempsey, Program Specialist at PSESD supports all things threat assessment related - cdempsey@psesd.org 

     

    Shoreline School District Support for Threat Assessment

    • Anyone, including students, families, and community members may report communication or behavior that appears to be threatening or potentially threatening to any building administrator or using the district’s safety tipline located on the district website.
    • Staff