Printed material from the Symposium presented by Jan Tomsky and Diana Browning Wright
Symposium 1A: Assessing the Threat: School Safety and the Special Education Student — Legal Considerations
In light of past tragedies and recent legislation, “threat assessment” has become a recommended practice to facilitate early identification of and intervention for a range of safety concerns in educational settings, including special education. Discover how to examine threats of school violence, and when a “duty to warn” or Tarasoff warning is triggered. Materials review the pertinent laws plus recent guidance and court cases.
Symposium 1B: Assessing the Threat: School Safety and the Special Education Student — Best Practices
Learn the best methods of conducting a threat assessment and why simply determining whether a threat was made and disciplining the student does not provide the scrutiny required. Materials highlight when there is and is not a need for other agency involvement, law enforcement, function-based and emotion-based solutions, and documentation. Learn effective responses to students who threaten harm and the difference between transient and substantive threats — so you gain a better understanding of key issues to consider in the safety inquiry and the assessment process.
Symposium 1 was held April 26, 2015 in Denver, Colo., in conjunction with the 36th National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities® (April 26 - 29, 2015).