Trillium Lakelands District School Board recognizes all
members of the school community have the right to be
safe and feel safe in the school community.

Under certain conditions, students may undergo a
“Threat Risk Assessment”. This assessment
determines the level of risk to others and themselves.

*All Trillium Lakelands District School Board policies
and procedures align with the Safe Schools Act.

*The model presented in this document reflects the
work of Kevin Cameron, Director for the Canadian
Centre for Threat and Risk Assessment.

What behaviours initiate a Threat Risk

A student threat risk assessment will be initiated
when behaviours include, but are not limited to:

  • Serious violence with the intent to kill or harm
  • Verbal/written threats to kill or seriously harm
    others (clear, direct and plausible)
  • Internet/website/social media threats to seriously
    harm or kill others
  • Possession of weapons, including replicas
  • Bomb threats (making and/or detonating
    explosive devices)
  • Fire setting
  • Gang related intimidation and violence
  • Significant worrisome behaviour

Initiation of a Threat Risk Assessment may occur
depending on the context of the incident or worrisome

Duty to Report

To keep our school communities safe, all stakeholders
must report all threat related behaviours. In Trillium
Lakelands District School Board, we have an
expectation that staff will report any acts of violence or
threats that they are privy to, to their school

What is a Threat Assessment Team? (TAT)

Each school has a multi-disciplinary team. The
team consists of an administrator, a police
officer, a school support person (psychologist,
student services/attendance counsellor,
guidance counsellor) and additional people that
may include community resources.

What is the purpose of a Threat Risk

  • To ensure the safety of students, staff and
    parents, and school community
  • To understand, based on the data gathered,
    the factors which contribute to the threat
    maker’s behaviour
  • To develop an Intervention Plan that
    addresses the emotional and physical safety
    of the threat maker and others

What is the process?

  • All threat making behaviours are reported to
    a school administrator who may activate the
  • A team is formed and team members will
    gather relevant data
  • Information will be obtained from multiple
    sources which may include:

    • Teachers, students, targets, threat
    • Parent/caregivers
    • Current and previous school records
    • Law enforcement
    • Support groups/agencies
    • Online sites-Facebook, Twitter,
      Instagram, etc.
    • Locker and backpack search, home
  • The team will share data and determine a
    current level of risk
  • A comprehensive intervention plan will be