Student Threat Assessment

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In partnership with mental health, law enforcement, and juvenile justice agencies, we provides Student Threat Assessment services to school districts.


Student Threat Assessment Program

In partnership with mental health, law enforcement, and juvenile justice agencies, the Student Threat Assessment Program, administered by ESD 112, provides Student Threat Assessment services to school districts.


  • Keep students who are at risk from committing violent acts in school.
  • Help protect other students and staff members from potential violence.
  • Provide a comprehensive, multidimensional tool for schools to assess students who may pose a threat.
  • Provide a student-specific safety plan utilizing community resources to mitigate the threat of violence.
  • Standardize the process for addressing students who pose a threat in schools that participate in student threat assessment.
  • Involve parents in the threat assessment process.
  • Document the program’s effectiveness in dealing with students who make threats of violence, including student academic and behavioral success.
  • Work in collaboration with community partners to coordinate resources for the safety and well being of youth, families and communities.


  1. Assess threats of potentially harmful or lethal behavior and determine the level of concern and action required.
  2. Organize resources and strategies to manage situations involving students that pose threats to other students and/or staff.
  3. Maintain a sense of psychological safety among our students, teachers and parents
  4. Reduce the number of expulsions for students who can be maintained safely in the school environment.

Our Mission

To provide a comprehensive, multidimensional system to assist schools in addressing students who pose a threat for committing acts of violence and to provide these students with options for intervention.


What People Are Saying

“As an administrator, I have utilized this process several times–both Level One and Level Two–and have found it extremely insightful.”

Kris Janti, Principal, Felida Elementary School, Vancouver Public Schools

“This program is a great tool, providing resources and options for schools and families so students can get back to school. This team approach is truly a savior for the youth and families in our community.”

Troy Schmidt, Probation Counselor, Juvenile Court

“When all the stakeholders got around the same table to share information about a student it painted a complete picture of the student’s life and the potential barriers.”

Christen Palmer, Assoc. Principal, Heritage High School, Evergreen Public Schools

Services & Forms

Services Include:

  • Training to key staff in schools regarding the Level I in-building threat screening process of students or situations of concern
  • Coordination of Level II threat assessments in which a trained multidisciplinary team comes to a school site, assesses risk and assists in management and intervention planning
  • Preparation of timely written threat assessment summaries following the Level II assessment process.

Level 1 Screening

Parents and school staff complete a questionnaire/interview form that asks for important information about the student’s behavior, strengths and challenges. A safety and support plan is developed based on the screening information that is gathered and/or a referral is made for a Level II Assessment.

Level 2 Assessment

The threat assessment team expands to include community resources. Community team members may be from law enforcement, mental health service, juvenile court, and the Department of Children and Family Services. This team is specifically trained in the Threat Assessment process. They provides support, additional resources, and help develop a plan for the student with the goal of increasing safety for the student and school community.

Experienced Staff

Our staff has a unique skill set of experience in mental health, prevention and intervention, and special education. We are well connected to local community experienced district administration resources.

Staff expertise deepen the scope of the Threat Assessment Program:

  • Provides informative Level I consultations and training for school administrators.
  • Shifts the threat assessment focus to more school support at Level I to empower school staff to handle difficult situations.
  • Further equips building staff with more evaluative tools, and piloted both sexual incident screening and self-harm/suicide screening protocols.
  • Integrates county mental health case management (Community Network Board, Child Protective Team, and the Regional Support Network), which leverages additional resources for students.
  • Facilitates information sharing among districts by tracking and notifying district safety officers of high risk students moving between districts.

Level I Screening Documents

Please contact your threat assessment coordinator to obtain forms.

Are you a district administrator?

“Fillable” forms can be completed electronically and saved. Or simply print the form and fill it in by hand.

iPad Users: Fillable forms are available on your iPad using the free Adobe Reader App, available from the iTunes Store. Once downloaded you will see an option to “Open With Adobe Reader” which will allow you to fill in the boxes and send via email to your account.

For step-by-step directions, please refer to the QuickGuide.


Program Contacts

Who to Contact

Adam Scattergood

Threat Assessment Coordinator


Phone: 360-952-3399


Denise Dishongh

Threat Assessment Coordinator


Phone: 360-952-3644


Don Lawry

Threat Assessment Coordinator


Phone: 360-952-3336


Upcoming Classes

Prevention Programs & Grants

Programs/Grants administered by Prevention and Youth Services include:

Washington State Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative
Student Threat Assessment Program
Prevent Coalition
Truancy Project
Youth Workforce Program

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The Columbian put together a good article that addresses many of the challenges schools will face when deciding how to safely reopen.
As always, at the core of our mission is a commitment to equity, and ESD 112 is doing everything we can to support districts in the region towards equitable learning this fall.

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