State law regulation or district policy requires districts to adopt threat assessment policies.
Nevada Revised Statutes 388.1455. Establishment of SafeVoice Program; requirements of Program; support center for initial reports; training regarding Program and support center; duties of Director; reports, policies and regulations.
- The Director shall establish the SafeVoice Program within the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment. The Program must enable any person to report to the Program any dangerous, violent or unlawful activity which is being conducted, or is threatened to be conducted, on school property, at an activity sponsored by a public school, on a school bus of a public school or by a pupil enrolled at a public school. Any information relating to any such dangerous, violent or unlawful activity, or threat thereof, received by the Program is confidential and, except as otherwise authorized pursuant to subsection 2 and NRS 388.1458, must not be disclosed to any person.
- The SafeVoice Program must include, without limitation, methods and procedures to ensure that: (a) Information reported to the Program is promptly forwarded to the appropriate public safety agencies, the Department and other appropriate state agencies, school administrators and other school employees, including, without limitation, the teams appointed pursuant to NRS 388.14553; (b) The identity of a person who reports information to the Program may remain anonymous, unless the policies established and regulations adopted pursuant to subsection 6 require the identity of such a person to be disclosed; and (c) The appropriate public safety agencies may access personally identifiable information concerning a pupil: (1) To take the appropriate action in response to an activity or threat reported pursuant to this section; (2) Twenty-four hours a day; and (3) Subject to the confidentiality required pursuant to this section.
- On behalf of the SafeVoice Program, the Director or his or her designee shall establish and operate a support center that meets the requirements of NRS 388.14557, which includes, without limitation, a hotline, Internet website, mobile telephone application and text messaging application or enter into an agreement with an organization that the Director determines is appropriately qualified and experienced, pursuant to which the organization will establish and operate such a support center, which includes, without limitation, a hotline, Internet website, mobile telephone application and text messaging application. The support center shall receive initial reports made to the Program through the hotline, Internet website, mobile telephone application and text messaging application and forward the information contained in the reports in the manner required by subsection 2.
- The Director shall provide training regarding: (a) The Program to employees and volunteers of each public safety agency, public safety answering point, board of trustees of a school district, governing body of a charter school and any other entity whose employees and volunteers the Director determines should receive training regarding the Program. (b) Properly responding to a report received from the support center, including, without limitation, the manner in which to respond to reports of different types of dangerous, violent and unlawful activity and threats of such activity, to each member of a team appointed pursuant to NRS 388.14553. (c) The procedure for making a report to the support center using the hotline, Internet website, mobile telephone application and text messaging application and collaborating to prevent dangerous, violent and unlawful activity directed at teachers and other members of the staff of a school, pupils, family members of pupils and other persons.
- The Director shall: (a) Post information concerning the SafeVoice Program on an Internet website maintained by the Director; (b) Provide to each public school educational materials regarding the SafeVoice Program, including, without limitation, information about the telephone number, address of the Internet website, mobile telephone application, text messaging application and any other methods by which a report may be made; and (c) On or before July 1 of each year, submit to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the Legislative Committee on Education a report containing a summary of the information reported to the Director pursuant to NRS 388.14557 during the immediately preceding 12 months and any other information that the Director determines would assist the Committee to evaluate the SafeVoice Program.
- The Department shall establish policies and adopt regulations pursuant to subsection 2 relating to the disclosure of the identity of a person who reports information to the Program. The regulations must include, without limitation, the disclosure of the identity of a person who reported information to the Program: (a) To ensure the safety and well-being of the person who reported information to the Program; (b) To comply with the provisions of NRS 388.1351; or (c) If the person knowingly reported false information to the Program.
- As used in this section: (a) “Public safety agency” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 239B.020. (b) “Public safety answering point” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 707.500.
Nevada Revised Statutes 388.14553. Appointment of team to receive notification of certain activity or events; certain information regarding SafeVoice Program to appear on identification cards of pupils and be posted conspicuously; member of team to take appropriate action upon receipt of notification.
- The board of trustees of a school district or the governing body of a charter school shall: (a) Appoint a team of at least three members of the staff of each public school, other than a charter school, that is located in the school district or of the charter school, as applicable, including, without limitation, a school counselor, psychologist, social worker or a similar person, if the school employs such a person on a full- time basis, and a school administrator. The team must receive notification if the support center receives: (1) A report through the SafeVoice Program of any dangerous, violent or unlawful activity which is being conducted, or is threatened to be conducted, on the property of the school, at an activity sponsored by the school, on a school bus of the school or by a pupil enrolled at the school; or (2) Notification through the Handle with Care Program of a pupil who was exposed to a traumatic event. (b) Ensure that information concerning the SafeVoice Program, including, without limitation, the telephone number for the hotline established pursuant to NRS 388.1455: (1) Appears on the back of any identification card issued to pupils and staff at the school; and (2) Is posted in conspicuous locations around the school, which may include, without limitation, the front office, the cafeteria or a school bus.
- Upon receiving notification from the support center through the SafeVoice Program or the Handle with Care Program, a member of the appropriate team appointed pursuant to paragraph (a) of subsection 1 shall take appropriate action in accordance with the training he or she has received pursuant to NRS 388.1455 or 388.14538 to respond to the activity, threat or traumatic event, as applicable.
- The team appointed pursuant to paragraph (a) of subsection 1 may: (a) Include a person appointed by the public school pursuant to NRS 388.247 to a committee to review the plan developed for the school pursuant to NRS 388.243. (b) Allow another person to temporarily serve on the team if a member of the team is unavailable.
Nevada Revised Statutes 388.14555. Immunity from liability for team and team members.
The team appointed pursuant to NRS 388.14553 and each member of the team are immune from civil liability for any damages resulting from an act or omission of the team or the member or another member of the team in performing the duties set forth in NRS 388.14538, 388.1455 and 388.14553.
Nevada Revised Statutes 388.14557. Requirements of support center.
The support center must:
- Be capable of receiving reports made through the SafeVoice Program and notification provided through the Handle with Care Program;
- Be available to receive reports and notifications and staffed with trained personnel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays and other days when school is not in session;
- Establish a process for handling a report or notification if personnel at the support center are unable to determine the location of the school or the person about whom the report or notification is made, or if the report or notification concerns a private school or an entity other than a school;
- Train personnel at the support center who are involved in responding to reports and notifications to follow up on each report or notification by gathering information necessary to determine the validity of the report or notification and the severity of any threat;
- Use a software system that is resistant to hacking and copying of information to protect the anonymity of persons who submit reports and notifications;
- Develop and implement a standardized procedure for tracking the outcome of reports and notifications;
- Compile statistics to determine: (a) The most frequent days of the week on which reports and notifications are made; (b) The most frequent times of the day for making reports and providing notifications; (c) The types of dangerous, violent or unlawful activity that are reported and the frequency of reports of each type of dangerous, violent or unlawful activity; (d) The frequency with which reports are submitted using the hotline, Internet website, mobile telephone application and text messaging application, respectively; and (e) The outcome of reports and notifications;
- Submit to the Director a quarterly report that contains the information compiled pursuant to subsection 7 and any other information necessary for the Director to evaluate the Programs or that is requested by the Director; and
- Provide each report received through the SafeVoice Program to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Nevada Revised Statutes 388.253. Department: Development of model plan for management of a suicide or a crisis or emergency; requirements for model plan; authorized dissemination of plans prepared by Department and development committee; annual review and update of model plan.
- The model plan must include, without limitation, a procedure for: (e) Selecting an assessment tool which assists in responding to a threat against the school by a pupil or pupils.
Nevada Revised Statutes 388.910. Appointment and duties of school safety specialist.
- A school safety specialist shall: (a) Review policies and procedures of the school district or charter school, as applicable, that relate to school safety to determine whether those policies and procedures comply with state laws and regulations; (b) Ensure that each school employee who interacts directly with pupils as part of his or her job duties receives information concerning mental health services available in the school district or charter school, as applicable, and persons to contact if a pupil needs such services; (c) Ensure the provision to school employees and pupils of appropriate training concerning: (1) Mental health; (2) Emergency procedures, including, without limitation, the plan developed pursuant to NRS 388.243; and (3) Other matters relating to school safety and security; (d) Annually conduct a school security risk assessment and submit the school security risk assessment to the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment for review pursuant to NRS 388.1323; (e) Present a summary of the school security risk assessment conducted pursuant to paragraph (d) and any recommendations to improve school safety and security based on the assessment at a public meeting of the board of trustees of the school district or governing body of the charter school, as applicable; (f) Not later than 30 days after the meeting described in paragraph (e), provide to the Director a summary of the school security risk assessment, any recommendations to improve school safety and security based on the assessment and any actions taken by the board of trustees or governing body, as applicable, based on those recommendations.
Nevada Revised Statutes 392.915. Threatening to cause bodily harm or death to pupil or school employee by means of oral, written or electronic communication; penalties.
- A person shall not, through the use of any means of oral, written or electronic communication, including, without limitation, through the use of cyber-bullying, knowingly threaten to cause bodily harm or death to a pupil or employee of a school district or charter school with the intent to: (a) Intimidate, harass, frighten, alarm or distress a pupil or employee of a school district or charter school; (b) Cause panic or civil unrest; or (c) Interfere with the operation of a public school, including, without limitation, a charter school.