Act 18 of 2019 required all school entities in Pennsylvania to have at least one Threat Assessment Team in place by the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. The teams are responsible for “the assessment of and intervention with students whose behavior may indicate a threat to the safety of the student, other students, school employees, school facilities, the community or others.” Threat Assessment Teams are also responsible for providing training, education, and information to members of their school communities.
The Great Valley School District has established threat assessment teams in all six (6) school buildings. The teams are comprised of trained administrators, school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, and mental health specialists. When a threat assessment occurs, caregivers are provided guidance and information regarding local resources.
The Board is committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its students and the school community and providing resources and support to address identified student needs. The Board adopts the following Policy and Administrative Guideline to address student behavior that may indicate a threat to the safety of the student, other students, school employees, school facilities, the community and others, as required by Pennsylvania Act 18 of 2019.
Administrative Guideline 236.1