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January 2018 School Safety Training Opportunities

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
December 27, 2017

Dear County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

JANUARY 2018 SCHOOL SAFETY TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:
SCHOOL BEHAVIORAL THREAT ASSESSMENTS

The California Department of Education is sponsoring two statewide trainings titled, School Behavioral Threat Assessments: An Introduction Train-the-Train-Educator. Training will be provided by the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students. This no-cost training provides an overview of school behavioral threat assessments to prevent and reduce targeted violence.

  • January 8, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Sacramento County Office of Education-Sacramento

  • January 17, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Los Angeles County Office of Education-Downey

As part of a comprehensive school emergency operations plan, it is important for schools and school districts to understand how to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from critical incidents. This training introduces participants to various components of school behavioral threat assessments, which were originally put forth by the Safe School Initiative (SSI), alongside new information and guidance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as presented in the School Guide. Participants will learn about effective characteristics of threat assessments for consideration when forming their own approach and team. Specialized topics will also be addressed, such as the use of social media in threat assessments. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss concepts in small-group discussions and practice a basic threat assessment in a tabletop exercise.

The goals of this training is to help participants be able to:

  • Describe key findings of the Safe School Initiative.
  • Understand the purpose of a school threat assessment and the role of a Threat Assessment Team.
  • List effective elements of a school threat assessment.
  • Identify the five stages of a school threat assessment and;
  • Recognize how threats can be made online and how to identify these threats.

To register for these trainings, please visit the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center Web page at
http://www.remstacenter.org/TBR/TrainingRegistration.aspx?trainingsid=1282
(January 8 Sacramento training)

http://www.remstacenter.org/TBR/TrainingRegistration.aspx?trainingsid=1283
(January 17 Los Angeles training)

I encourage you to send your school safety teams and those who play a critical role in threat assessments.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Nancy Zarenda, Education Policy Consultant, California Department of Education, by phone at
916-445-8441 or by e-mail at nzarenda@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

2017-08796

Last Reviewed: Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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