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4314 (P) - Notification of Threats of Violence or Harm

BOARD POLICY No. 4314

NOTIFICATION OF THREATS OF VIOLENCE OR HARM

A student or school employee who is the subject of threats of violence or harm shall be notified of the threat in a timely manner. A parent shall be included in the notification to the student who is the subject of the threat of violence or harm. Timing and details of the notice will be as extensive as permitted by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, other legal limitations, and the circumstances.

The district will address threats of violence or harm in a manner consistent with the district’s safety policies and comprehensive safe school plans.

Persons found to have made threats of violence or harm against district property, students, or employees will be subject to relevant district discipline policies and will be referred to appropriate community agencies including law enforcement and mental health services. District staff shall work with in-district and community-based professionals and services in all relevant disciplines to address threats of violence or harm, those threatened and those making the threats. Necessary information about the person making the threat shall be communicated by the principal to teachers and staff, including security personnel.

The phrase “threats of violence or harm” means threats that the school district deems to be bona fide expressions of intent to engage in violence or harm toward a student(s), employee(s), or school district property.

State law provides the district, school district directors and district staff with immunity from liability for providing notice of threats in good faith. Persons who make a knowingly false notification of a threat are subject to appropriate district discipline policies and may be referred for prosecution.

The superintendent is directed to develop and implement procedures consistent with this policy.

Cross References:

Board Policy

3200

Students Rights and Responsibilities

3205

Safety and Civility in Schools

3231

Student Records

4200

Safe and Orderly Learning Environment

5281

Disciplinary Action or Discharge

6590

Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

Legal References:

RCW

28A.320.128

Notice and disclosure policies — Threats of violence — student conduct — Immunity for good faith notice — Penalty

WAC

180-40

Pupils

20 U.S.C. § 1232g

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

34 C.F.R. Part 99

FERPA Regulations

 

First Reading: July 22, 2003

Adopted: August 5, 2003

WALLA WALLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS • 364 South Park St. • Walla Walla, WA 99362 • Phone: 509-527-3000 • Fax: 509.529.7713

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