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Threat Assessment

The Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) is committed to creating and maintaining safe, caring and respectful schools.

A threat may include an expression of intent to do serious harm or act out violently against people or property. Threats may be verbal, written, drawn, posted on the Internet, or made by gesture. All threats must be taken seriously and investigated.

Our schools have no tolerance for serious violence or threatening behaviours. Staff, parents/guardians, students, and community members are responsible for reporting all threat-related behaviours.

Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessments

The purpose of a Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessment is to:

  • Protect students, staff, parents, and visitors and ensure that they are safe;
  • Promote the safety of all RCDSB members;
  • Understand the context of the threat and/or serious violence; and
  • Develop an intervention plan.

A Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessment is initiated when behaviours include, but are not limited to:

  • An expression of intent to do serious harm or act out violently against people or property;
  • Verbal/written threats to kill others (clear, direct and plausible);
  • Internet/electronic (i.e. social media, or any content on a networked entity) threats or intent to do serious harm to people or property;
  • Possession of weapons (including replicas);
  • Bomb threats;
  • Fire setting;
  • Sexual intimidation or assault; or
  • Gang related intimidation and violence.

A Threat/Risk Assessment may be initiated because of the context of an incident or worrisome behaviour.

Violence Threat/Risk Assessment Teams

Each school has a Threat Assessment Response team that collaborates to review student information and the details of the event, while respecting the student's rights to privacy and the safety of all school members.

The team may include administrators, school board psychologists, guidance counsellors, school support counsellors, social workers, community liaison police officers, other pertinent professionals, and/or community resources (such as staff at Family and Children Services, the Phoenix Centre, and the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre).

Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessment Process

To complete a Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessment, the Threat Assessment Response team:

  • Is notified by the principal, who received reports of threats and/or serious behaviour;
  • Conducts interviews with the reporting student; the student initiating the threat/serious violence; parents; and staff to determine the level of risk and develop an appropriate response to the behaviour/incident;
  • Gathers data from multiple sources, which may include:
    • Teachers, students, targets, threat makers, parents/caregivers;
    • Current and previous school records;
    • Law enforcement;
    • Support groups and agencies;
    • Online sites such as Facebook, etc.;
    • Locker and backpack search and/or bedroom search;
    • Determine the level of risk (low, medium, or high); and
    • Develop intervention plans to reduce risk of violence.

Additional Resources

Administrative Procedure 311 - Violence Prevention and Reporting of Incidents (PDF, 62 kB)

Form 311-1 Violent Incident Form (PDF, 21 kB)

Form 311-2 Central Violent Incident Tracking Form (PDF, 27 kB)

Form 311-3 Aggressive Incident Report (PDF, 37 kB)

Administrative Procedure 314 - Violent Incident Emergency Response Plan (Code Red - Lockdown) (PDF, 52 kB)