Creating a Safe and Connected School Climate

According to the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education, creating a safe and connected school climate is the best way to prevent acts of violence from occurring in school.  Watch this video for more information or check out the full report (pages 69-72). You may also check out the OPI's Social Emotional Learning page for strategies to build positive relationships in schools. 


10 Key Findings from the Safe School Initiative 

The Safe School Initiative examined incidents of targeted school violence from the time the incident took place backward to identify the events and factors that lead to the incident. The findings from this work suggest there are actions that educators, law enforcement, and others can take to prevent targeted school violence from occurring. Check out the video below or read the full report from the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education



School Threat Assessment and Intervention Teams

Throughout the state, many schools are taking steps to make schools safer while simultaneously supporting student well-being. Implementing a threat assessment is one example of these efforts. 

A threat assessment is a violence prevention strategy that that aims to:

  • Identify students who may be planning to commit an act of violence
  • Determine the seriousness of the threat of violence 
  • Intervene to prevent the act from occurring and address the underlying problem or conflict 

We invite you to watch this video to learn more about school-based threat assessments and why they are beneficial for supporting students and school safety. And please check out the report, Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model, for more information on how to implement a threat assessment and intervention process in your school.   

If you are interested in implementing a threat assessment process in your school please contact Michele Henson (michele.henson@mt.gov) as funding and other resources may be available. 



Active Shooter Resources and Support

While highly publicized when they occur, acts of violence in schools are extremely rare. In fact, for the vast majority of children, school is the safest place they will ever go. However, preparing for an active shooter or other form of violence is in everyone's best interest and can create peace of mind for students, caregivers, and school staff. 

For more information, please check out our webpage dedicated to Active Shooter Resources and Support

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