Outline of the state of Utah
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Utah
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Threat Assessment

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Threat Assessment

State law regulation or district policy encourages districts to adopt threat assessment policies.

Utah Code 53G-8-802. State Safety and Support Program — State board duties.

(1) There is created the State Safety and Support Program.

(2) The state board shall:

  • (a) develop in conjunction with the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health model student safety and support policies for an LEA, including:
  • (i) evidence-based procedures for the assessment of and intervention with an individual whose behavior poses a threat to school safety;
  • (ii) procedures for referrals to law enforcement; and
  • (iii) procedures for referrals to a community services entity, a family support organization, or a health care provider for evaluation or treatment;
  • (b) provide training:
  • (i) in school safety;
  • (ii) in evidence-based approaches to improve school climate and address and correct bullying behavior;
  • (iii) in evidence-based approaches in identifying an individual who may pose a threat to the school community;
  • (iv) in evidence-based approaches in identifying an individual who may be showing signs or symptoms of mental illness;
  • (v) on permitted disclosures of student data to law enforcement and other support services under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1232g; and
  • (vi) on permitted collection of student data under 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1232h and Sections 53E-9-203 and 53E-9-305;
  • (c) conduct and disseminate evidence-based research on school safety concerns;
  • (d) disseminate information on effective school safety initiatives;
  • (e) encourage partnerships between public and private sectors to promote school safety;
  • (f) provide technical assistance to an LEA in the development and implementation of school safety initiatives;
  • (g) in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety, develop and make available to an LEA a model critical incident response training program that includes protocols for conducting a threat assessment, and ensuring building security during an incident;
  • (h) provide space for the public safety liaison described in Section link text53-1-106 and the school-based mental health specialist described in Section 62A-15-103;
  • (i) create a model school climate survey that may be used by an LEA to assess stakeholder perception of a school environment and, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, adopt rules:
  • (i) requiring an LEA to:
  • (A) create or adopt and disseminate a school climate survey; and
  • (B) disseminate the school climate survey;
  • (ii) recommending the distribution method, survey frequency, and sample size of the survey; and
  • (iii) specifying the areas of content for the school climate survey; and
  • (j) collect aggregate data and school climate survey results from each LEA.

(3) Nothing in this section requires an individual to respond to a school climate survey.

Policy Type
Statute

Utah Code 53G-8-802. State Safety and Support Program — State board duties.

(1) There is created the State Safety and Support Program.

(2) The state board shall:

  • (a) develop in conjunction with the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health model student safety and support policies for an LEA, including:
  • (i) evidence-based procedures for the assessment of and intervention with an individual whose behavior poses a threat to school safety;
  • (ii) procedures for referrals to law enforcement; and
  • (iii) procedures for referrals to a community services entity, a family support organization, or a health care provider for evaluation or treatment;
  • (b) provide training:
  • (i) in school safety;
  • (ii) in evidence-based approaches to improve school climate and address and correct bullying behavior;
  • (iii) in evidence-based approaches in identifying an individual who may pose a threat to the school community;
  • (iv) in evidence-based approaches in identifying an individual who may be showing signs or symptoms of mental illness;
  • (v) on permitted disclosures of student data to law enforcement and other support services under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1232g; and
  • (vi) on permitted collection of student data under 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1232h and Sections 53E-9-203 and 53E-9-305;
  • (c) conduct and disseminate evidence-based research on school safety concerns;
  • (d) disseminate information on effective school safety initiatives;
  • (e) encourage partnerships between public and private sectors to promote school safety;
  • (f) provide technical assistance to an LEA in the development and implementation of school safety initiatives;
  • (g) in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety, develop and make available to an LEA a model critical incident response training program that includes protocols for conducting a threat assessment, and ensuring building security during an incident;
  • (h) provide space for the public safety liaison described in Section link text53-1-106 and the school-based mental health specialist described in Section 62A-15-103;
Policy Type
Statute