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Student Threat Assessment Team (STAT)

The Beaverton School District Student Threat Assessment Team (STAT) was developed to implement a systematic approach to investigate and assess students who are engaged in or  exhibiting  behaviors implying aggression or violence  directed at other people. This system combines the use of investigative information gathering strategies along with questions related to targeted violence. The purpose is to collect data to help make informed decisions about a student’s level of threat towards others, identify potentially dangerous situations, and develop and implement a safety/monitoring/management plan. “Risk Investigation” and “Risk Assessment” are part of the STAT process.  If a student/staff suspects there is a targeted threat of violence, building administration and Public Safety will be notified. It is not designed for use with students who are suicidal, acting out sexually, or setting fires, unless they are doing so as an act of violence intended to cause serious or lethal injury to others.

Goals

  1. To provide a protocol to assess threats of potentially harmful behaviors, risk factors, and action required to support school safety.
  2. To provide a multi-level system that can mobilize broader community responses and resources to help facilitate the development and implementation of safety monitoring and management plans.
  3. To develop and maintain a sense of safety among students, teachers, staff, and parents/guardians.

System

The system consists of the following levels:

  1. Inquiry A School Administrator consults with another member of the STAT team and determines the need for a Level 1 assessment.
  2. Level 1 A school based Student Threat Assessment Team (STAT) consisting of an administrator, SRO, school psychologist and/or school counselor, and case manager, if an incident involves a student with disabilities. The team may involve other participants in the Level 1 process and/or request consultation from the district STAT Coordinator.
  3. Level 2 If the Level 1 team determines there is need for further assessment, assistance in development of the Student Safety Management Plan, or concerns that cannot be addressed at the Level 1 then the case will be referred to the Level 2 team. The Level 1 team will contact the STAT Coordinator/PSO, to initiate the referral. The Plan Manager on the Level 1 team will present the case to the Level 2 team. Level 2 Teams are a panel of multi-agency members from the School District, local Law Enforcement, Washington County Mental Health, DHS, and Washington County Juvenile Department that assists school based STAT members with threat management and identification of resources. Level 2 Teams do not case manage.