Utah School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Threat Assessment Protocols

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Utah School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Threat Assessment Protocols

Category: Partnerships between Schools and Law Enforcement
Subcategory: Threat Assessment Protocols
State: Utah

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LAWS

§ 53G-8-701.5. Threat assessment and school safety specialist.

Every public primary and secondary school shall:

(1) conduct a threat assessment as described in Subsection 53G-8-802(2)(g)(i); and

(2) designate a school safety specialist

§ 53G-8-802. State Safety and Support Program–State board duties – LEA duties.

(2) The state board shall:

(g) in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety, develop and make available to an LEA a model critical incident response training program that includes protocols for conducting a threat assessment, and ensuring building security during an incident.

(i) protocols for conducting a threat assessment, and ensuring building security during an incident, as required in section 53g-8-701.5;

i) standardized response protocol terminology for use throughout the state;

(iii) protocols for planning and safety drills; and

(iv) recommendations for safety equipment for schools including amounts and types of first aid supplies;

REGULATIONS

R277-400-8. Prevention and Intervention.

(3) An LEA shall also develop or incorporate to the extent resources permit:

(d) support though multi-disciplinary teams, such as care teams, that may:

(ii) conduct threat assessments.

R277-736-3. Dissemination of information received.

(1)(a) A school principal that receives information from the LEA's governing authority shall not share the information before consulting with the school's multi-disciplinary team.

(b) A school principal may share the information without consulting the school's multi-disciplinary team when the information demonstrates possible imminent harm to self or others.

(2) A school principal and the school's multi-disciplinary team shall use the information regarding a student to assess the level of threat the student poses including potential for:

(a) self-harm;

(b) suicide ideation;

(c) harm to others; or

(d) harm to school property.

(3) A school principal and the school's multi-disciplinary team shall use an evidence-based threat assessment, as approved by the board, to perform the requirements described in Subsection (2).

(4) A school principal and the school's multi-disciplinary team shall determine, based on the level of threat, the appropriate school staff to inform regarding the information of a student.

(5) A school principal and the school's multi-disciplinary team shall only share the information and data needed to ensure the safety of the student or the school's general population and the victim.

(6) An LEA shall ensure that any action taken toward a student related to the information received is in accordance with restorative justice practices as described in Subsection R277-613-2(12).

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