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Threat Assessment

Act 18 of 2019 amended the Public School Code of 1949 by adding Article XIII-E, Threat Assessment. Among its provisions, Article XIII-E requires the establishment of threat assessment teams for all school entities in Pennsylvania and tasks the School Safety and Security Committee (SSSC) to research, develop and provide free threat assessment guidelines, training and informational materials, as well as model procedures and guidelines for school entities.

Threat Assessment Training for PA School Entities

Pennsylvania K-12 Threat Assessment Technical Assistance and Training Network

In addition, Article XIII-E requires that the SSSC develop and offer free model training programs that comply with specified requirements. To that end, PCCD applied for and has been awarded a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Threat Assessment Grant Program. This three-year grant provides funding to support the design, launch, and implementation of the PA K-12 Threat Assessment Technical Assistance & Training Network. The Network officially launched on April 30, 2021 and provides comprehensive in-person and online training and technical assistance at no cost to help schools work through the questions and challenges of implementing threat assessment. 

About the Training Curriculum

 PCCD's online and in-person trainings utilize the same K-12 Threat Assessment Training curriculum, developed pursuant to criteria established in Article XIII-E (Threat Assessment) of the PA Public School Code in consultation with nationally recognized subject matter experts, as well as Pennsylvania school administrators and personnel. The training curriculum covers topics including:

    • The principles of threat assessment; 
    • Responsibilities and composition of Threat Assessment Teams;
    • Conducting threat assessments (process overview);
    • Identifying and reporting threats; 
    • Gathering information; 
    • Assessing the situation; 
    • Managing threats; and 
    • Additional resources for Pennsylvania school entities. 

Online Training Program

To help Pennsylvania school entities comply with Threat Assessment Team requirements established by Act 18 of 2019, PCCD recently launched a free, comprehensive online training program, which uses a "train-the-trainer" approach for equipping Threat Assessment Team members to understand and articulate key concepts of school-based threat assessment and management. Participants can complete the multi-module course at their own pace using an online training platform and curriculum developed by RSM Corporation.

Participants who successfully complete all 12 course modules can request to receive a certificate of completion, which can be used for obtaining continuing professional education credits.   

Register and access online Threat Assessment Team training modules HERE.

(NEW) In-Person Regional Trainings

In addition to its online training course, PCCD will hold a series of regional train-the-trainer sessions in locations across the state, facilitated by RSM Corporation, during the 2021-2022 school year – again, offered at no cost for all school entities statewide. More information about these in-person training events will be posted below as they are scheduled. 

Schedule of Regional Train-the-Trainer Sessions

      • Regional Training #1 (Central PA): August 9, 2021 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., PaTTAN Harrisburg, 6340 Flank Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17112 
          • (CLOSED)  This session has already taken place.
      • Regional Training #2 (Northeast PA): August 16, 2021 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit, 1200 Line Street, Archbald, PA 18403
          • (CLOSED)  This session has already taken place.
      • Regional Training #3 (Greater Philadelphia Region): September 30, 2021 – 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Montgomery County Public Safety Training Center, 1175 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken, PA 19428
          • (CLOSED)  This session has already taken place.
      • Regional Training #4 (Northwest PA): October 1, 2021 – 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5, 252 Waterford St., Edinboro, PA 16412
          • (CLOSED)  This session has already taken place.
      • Regional Training #5 (Appalachia IU 8): October 8, 2021 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8, 4500 6th Ave., Altoona, PA 16602
          • (CLOSED)  This session has already taken place.
      • Regional Training #6 (Montoursville, PA): October 11, 2021 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 50 North Arch Street, Montoursville, PA 17754
          • (CLOSED)  This session has already taken place.
      • Regional Training #7 (Greater Pittsburgh Region): November 3, 2021 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3, 475 East Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120
          • (CLOSED)  This session has reached registration capacity.
      • Regional Training #8 (Indiana, PA): November 12, 2021 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Indiana Area Junior High, 245 N 5th St., Indiana, PA 15701
      • Regional Training #9 (Lancaster, PA): January 18, 2022 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, 1020 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601
      • Regional Training #10 (Reading, PA): January 24, 2022 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Berks County Intermediate Unit, 1111 Commons Blvd., Reading, PA 19605
Please note that registration for these events is available on a first come, first serve basis and will be closed when maximum capacity is reached. 

COVID-19 Mitigation Measures: These training events will cap registration to ensure social distancing measures can be in place. Please note that masking guidance for all training participants and attendees will be determined by the location of the training event (i.e., schools and intermediate units hosting training events must follow PA Department of Education guidance for facemasks as required by the PA Department of Health).  If no mandate is in place, attendees are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidance for mask wearing.

Implementation Resources for PA School Entities

In accordance with Act 18 of 2019, the SSSC has approved the following resources and documents of school entities and others to use to implement requirements under Article XIII-E of the PA Public School Code: 

(NEW) Additional Resources 

Additional information on the training programs and other resources developed through this initiative will be posted as they become available. Materials and resources on this page will be reviewed annually and revised/updated as needed.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or comments regarding the threat assessment team materials above or the K-12 Threat Assessment and Technical Assistance Network and related resources, please email RA-CD-SSSC@pa.gov.