Stop School Violence: Threat Assessment Training

Stop School Violence: Threat Assessment Training

The Ohio Department of Education is offering free, evidence-based school violence prevention trainings to school personnel and students statewide using U.S. Department of Justice grant funding allocated through the STOP School Violence Act.

Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, declares the Department’s commitment that every child will learn in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe. Governor Mike DeWine recently announced a proposal to reduce gun violence and increase mental health prevention and treatments. That proposal includes offering school safety assessment and intervention programs through a partnership of the Ohio Department of Education and Sandy Hook Promise.

What is Safety Assessment & Intervention?

Safety Assessment & Intervention is a national, evidence-based, violence-prevention training program, one of Sandy Hook’s proven Know the Signs programs. The day-long workshops cover the theory of threat assessment and practical applications for district threat assessment teams.

What will districts learn?

The sessions, free to districts in the 2019-2020 school year, teach them how to identify, assess and respond to threats of violence or at-risk behavior before a threat leads to tragedy. Participants will learn to:

  • Identify threats, signs and signals of committing a violent act;
  • Determine the seriousness of the threat, sign or signal; and
  • Develop intervention plans that protect potential victims and address the underlying problem that initiated the behavior.

Who should attend?

Safety Assessment & Intervention is designed for multidisciplinary school-based teams that receive and respond to reported threats of violence in their school buildings. Each member of a team has expertise in administration, safety or mental health. This means every school in the district should send an administrator, as well as a security expert and mental health expert to the training.

Ways school districts may benefit:

  • Reduction of reported violence;
  • Decrease of anxiety and increase of knowledge in responding to threats;
  • Fewer student-reported threats carried out;
  • Up to a 50 percent reduction in long-term suspensions;
  • Fewer bullying violations;
  • Increased parent involvement;
  • Greater willingness of students to seek help for threats of violence; and
  • More positive student views of school personnel.


For more information, contact the Ohio Department of Education at or (614) 466-2945.

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2018-YS-BX-0010 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Last Modified: 4/10/2020 4:10:00 PM