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Violence Threat Risk Assessment

Student Threat Assessment: Fair Notice and Process

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board endorses a supportive school environment that is safe and secure for all students and staff and rooted in the foundations of our Catholic faith.

What behaviours warrant a Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessment to be initiated?

 A Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessment may be initiated when behaviours include, among other activities,

  • Threats of serious violence or violence with intent to harm or kill, verbal, written threats to harm or kill others, Internet threats to harm or kill others, possession of weapons (including replicas), bomb threats, fire setting, etc…


Duty to Report

To keep school communities safe and caring, staff, parents, students and community members are asked to report all threat related behaviours.


What is a threat?

  • An expression of intent to do harm or act out violently against someone or something
  • May be verbal, written, drawn, posted on the Internet or made by gesture

What is a Violence Threat/Risk Assessment Team?

Each school has a multi-disciplinary Violence Threat/Risk Assessment Team. The team may include the Principal or Vice Principal, Special Education Coordinator, Safe Schools Representative, Psychological Services Representative, Local Police Services and others.

It is important for all parties to engage in the Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessment Process. 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 ensure a safe and caring learning environment for all.

What is the purpose of a Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessment?

The purposes of a Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessment are:

  • to ensure the safety of students, staff, parents and others
  • to ensure a full understanding of the context of the threat 
  • to begin to understand the factors that contribute to the threat-makers’ behaviour
  • to be proactive in developing an intervention plan that addresses the emotional and physical safety of the threat-maker 

What happens in a Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessment?

The process of a Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessment?

  • all threat making behaviour by a student shall be reported to the principal who may activate the protocol as necessary
  • interviews will be held with all necessary students, staff and parents to determine the level of risk and develop an appropriate response to the incident
  • intervention plans will be developed


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