Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) is committed to providing safe learning environments for all students, staff, and school visitors and communications or behaviors that suggest a student may intend to commit an act of violence are taken seriously. When a school administrator receives information that suggests a student may intend to harm someone else, the school threat assessment team gathers information to assess the level of threat and to make recommendations that will reduce the risk of violence.

If the school threat assessment team considers the threat to be above a low level, further assessment and intervention planning is undertaken through a Level 2 assessment through the Office of Student Services. A Level 2 Assessment may include a review of the student's educational record, interviews with the student, parent(s), and/or school staff who may have information about the incident and surrounding circumstances.

PWCS policy and procedures follow the guidelines recommended by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and are consistent with the process for identifying, assessing and managing students who may pose a threat set forth in Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situation and to Creating Safe School Climates, a 2002 publication of the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education.

PWCS Regulation 777-1

Threat Assessment Procedures establishes the procedures for the assessment and intervention with students whose behavior poses a potential threat to the safety of others and is available on the PWCS website.

Learn more about threat assessment in Virginia (PDF)