School Safety - How do we keep our schools safe?
The Charleroi Area School District holds a Threat Assessment Meeting with it's staff members once a month.
In June of 2019, legislation was enacted to assist schools in creating safer environments. One of the acts, Article XIII-E, Threat Assessment was added to the Pennsylvania School Code.
The law states that each school entity (school district, intermediate unit, area career and technical school, charter school, regional charter school, or cyber charter school) shall establish at least one threat assessment team. In accordance with the legislation, the School Safety and Security Committee (SSSC), Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), and key stakeholders from across Pennsylvania developed model procedures and guidance materials to help local schools establish and operate threat assessment teams.
The Charleroi Area School District complies with all Threat Assessment Team requirements under Act 55 of 2022. All school buildings within the Charleroi Area School District have threat assessment teams composed of, but not limited to, the following District employees: principal, school counselors, school psychologist, school police officer, and additional members, as needed. Building level teams report to the District level team, which includes District Central Office administrators and student support services staff. All team members have received training on the process of identifying, reporting, assessing, responding to and intervening with threats by utilizing the threat assessment process and protocols. The School Safety and Security Coordinator has been identified as Officer Ryan Brand. Officer Brand of the Charleroi Police Department oversees the training, development, and implementation of Threat Assessment and School Safety programming. Annually, staff is provided with information on how to report a threat, report student at-risk behavior, and how to conduct safety and security drills. Student information reviewed and maintained by the Threat Assessment Teams is confidential.