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New white paper: Rethinking School Safety in the New Normal

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In his decades of experience spanning many roles, PCG’s special education subject matter expert Will Gordillo has personally experienced some very tragic events on the job that unexpectedly escalated to a crisis-level, involving incidents of violence and threats initiated by students. While he was fortunate to work in school districts that used available frameworks as resources, the processes were often paper- and form-driven, had great variability, lacked uniformity, and were sometimes not consistently implemented as they were intended, all of which impacted fidelity.

In a new white paper titled Rethinking School Safety in the New Normal, Will outlines how one essential prevention strategy that all districts can benefit from implementing is an evidence-based threat assessment which can identify serious threats and prevent violence in schools.

Specifically, the paper examines:

  • The steps for preventing targeted school violence
  • The importance of behavioral and mental health services in mitigating risks
  • Thought-provoking points regarding threat assessments and students with disabilities
  • Key changes emerging from enacted or proposed legislation that are impacting practices
  • Comprehensive threat assessment models and solutions, including an overview of PCG’s student threat assessment (STA) solution

 

To read the full white paper, download a free copy here.