School Safety

The following resources provide models and tools implemented in other states, districts, and school settings that may be used to develop threat assessment policies and protocols. It is important to understand the unique needs of your state, district, and school in order to develop a threat assessment policy that works within your resources and capacity and provides ample training to all staff involved in the threat assessment process.

Colorado School Safety Resource Center
The mission of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center is to assist educators, emergency responders, community organizations, school mental health professionals, parents, and students to create safe, positive, and successful school environments. The website provides a variety of free online school safety related trainings.

Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model - An Operational Guide to Preventing Targeted School Violence
This guide provides basic instructions for schools on creating a targeted violence prevention plan, the focus of which is to decrease the risk of students engaging in harm to themselves or the school community.

Essentials of School Threat Assessment: Preventing Targeted School Violence – Colorado
The purpose of this assessment is to provide a management plan for the situation, to protect possible targets, and to offer support and guidance to help students in crisis. The focus of the process is to connect the student to services and support systems that reduce the likelihood of future threatening behavior.

Safe 2 Tell Colorado
Safe 2 Tell Colorado is a hotline that allows students to anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens them, their friends, family, or community. Other states have adopted a similar model.

Threat Assessment in Virginia Public Schools: Model Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
The purpose of this document is to establish procedures for the assessment and intervention with individuals whose behavior poses a threat to the safety of school staff or students.


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