NSA School Safety Webinar Series


November 19, 2020: School Safety Risk Management

In addition to a systematic examination of the learning environment, a quality school safety risk assessment should identify significant threat areas, the likelihood and severity of an unwanted event and implementation of realistic control measures to reduce environmental risk. In this webinar you will be introduced to the three school safety risk assessment thresholds found in any professional learning environment, the likelihood and severity of an undesired event at each threshold, and the implementation of recommended control measures to reduce commensurate risk.

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January 13, 2021: Mental Health Resources in Schools

Most school attackers exhibited a history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts prior to the attack. More than half had a documented history of feeling extremely depressed or desperate. There is a growing consensus that to support the mental and emotional health of students and prevent violence, schools must have access to counselors, psychologists and social workers who can identify emerging problems and intervene immediately.

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March 17, 2021: School-Based Law Enforcement

According to the Federal Commission on School Safety, the ability of specially selected and trained SROs to establish trust relationships with students has been demonstrated to prevent school shootings. There have also been numerous documented instances of SROs directly intervening to quickly mitigate active school shootings. It is essential that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) be put in place between the school or school district and the law enforcement agency providing the SRO(s). The selection, training and supervision of SROs should comport with standards established by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO).

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April 20, 2021: Behavior Threat Assessment and Management

When schools and law enforcement receive information about potential threats, they should – time permitting – thoroughly evaluate and corroborate that information and then develop a plan for managing the threat. Multidisciplinary behavior threat assessment and management teams are well-positioned to ensure information is shared across the various components of the school community that may have had contact with the individual(s) exhibiting concerning behavior. Assessing all available information and developing a joint plan of action is essential to successfully intervening with individuals on the pathway to violence.

(This webinar was not recorded. If you have any questions, please email Kristi Barksdale)

May 12, 2021: Anonymous Reporting Systems

According to the U.S. Secret Service, in the vast majority of mass casualty attacks in schools at least one other person had knowledge of the attacker’s plan. Anonymous reporting systems have been shown to be effective in identifying potential targeted school violence and suicidal threats. Successful anonymous reporting systems educate all members of the school community on indicators of potential self-harm or violence and how to share this information so officials can intervene before injury or loss of life occurs.

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