Catalog: Ohio School Threat Assessment Training – For Public Educators
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On behalf of the Department of Public Safety, Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, we’d like to thank you for taking the Ohio School Threat Assessment training. In accordance with the enactment of House Bill 123, completion of this course meets the training requirement for school officials who participate on a school threat assessment team.
One of the questions that inevitably arises after a school shooting is: When the shooter clearly showed signs of trouble, why wasn’t the attack prevented?
“Prevention is the missing piece after every attack,” Attorney General Dave Yost said. “And the safety of children across our state depends on us plugging that gap.”
To that end, Yost’s team created the Ohio School Threat Assessment Training, a combination of best practices from leading school-safety experts, including the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center and Dr. Dewey Cornell from the University of Virginia.
This process begins with a comprehensive targeted violence prevention plan, which involves forming a multidisciplinary threat assessment team, identifying behaviors of concern, establishing central reporting mechanisms, defining the threshold for law enforcement intervention, identifying risk management strategies, promoting safe school climates and providing training to stakeholders. Such a plan can also help schools mitigate threats from students, employees, parents or others.
The Ohio guide helps schools’ team up with other community members, such as police officers and mental-health advocates, to prevent targeted violence and get help for troubled students.
In the Ohio School Threat Assessment Training, which consists of 10 modules and runs about three hours, Ohio and national experts introduce the protocols that have worked for them. Each of the modules, including the Introduction and Conclusion, runs between eight and 27 minutes in length.