THREATENING BEHAVIOR

THREAT TO ONESELF

According to HB 1623, teachers, counselors, principals, administrators, or other school personnel, upon determining that a student is at risk of attempting suicide, shall notify the parents or legal guardians immediately upon determining that such risk exists.  For resources, visit:   http://sde.ok.gov/sde/suicide-prevention

Parents/Guardians must ALWAYS be notified immediately when there appears to be a risk of suicide.  State Law Title 70, Section 24-100.7– Teachers, counselors, principals, administrators, or other school personnel, upon determining that a student risk of attempting suicide, shall notify the parents or legal guardians of the student immediately upon determining such risk exists. If a student is a threat to themselves, the situation will be managed by individuals who have received specialized suicide prevention training or crisis training determined by the district, the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and/or the Oklahoma Department of Education.  In this procedure, the key trained staff includes the principal, resource officer, or school counselor.  

The key trained staff may refer or require the student’s parent or guardian to obtain a mental health evaluation/assessment.  The key trained staff will provide the student’s parent or guardian a “Parent/Guardian Contact Acknowledgement Form” to give the professional providing the evaluation/assessment.  The school may require documentation of this evaluation. If the key trained staff feels a referral is imminent and the parent/guardian does not have the student evaluated by a mental health professional within 24 hours, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services will be contacted.A safety Plan will be filled out with the student and their school counselor when the student returns to school.    The safety of the student(s) is the highest priority.

THREATENING BEHAVIOR

A parent, patron, or student shall be reported to local law enforcement and DHS if threatening behavior (written, verbal, and/or act) is deemed to reasonably have the potential to endanger students, school personnel, or school property.  This is in accordance with state law.  

According to State Law Title 70. Section 24-100.8.

  1. “Threatening behavior” means any verbal threat or threatening behavior, whether or not it is directed at another person, which indicates potential for future harm to students, school personnel, or school property.
  2.  An officer or employee of a school district or member of a board of education shall notify law enforcement of any verbal threat or act of threatening behavior that reasonably may have the potential to endanger students, school personnel, or school property.
  3.  Officers or employees of a school district or members of a Board of Education shall be immune from employee discipline and any civil liability for communicating information if they reasonably believe a person is making verbal or written threats or exhibiting threatening behavior. 

If a student is a threat to others (as self-reported, by threatening another student or staff member, or any threat of harm is made, etc.), the situation will be managed by individuals who have received specialized prevention training or crisis training determined by the district, the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and/or the Oklahoma Department of Education.  

School Resource Officers or the Grady County Sheriff’s Office will be notified. In this procedure, key trained staff, including the principal, resource officer, and school counselor, will require the student’s parent or guardian to obtain a mental health evaluation/assessment within 24 hours.  The trained staff will provide the student’s parent or guardian a “Parent/Guardian Contact Acknowledgement Form” to give the professional providing the evaluation/assessment.  

Student Returning to School

The school will require documentation of this evaluation before the student can return to school.  

A Safety Plan will be filled out with the student and their school counselor when the student returns to school. Until the school in which such student subsequently enrolls or re-enrolls determines that the student no longer poses a threat to self, other students or school district faculty or employees, the administration may elect not to provide education services in the regular school setting or through an alternative school setting, home-based instruction, or other appropriate setting until determined that the student no longer poses a threat or completes the discipline action plan. The school may provide education services Students suspended out of school who are on an individualized education plan pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act shall be provided the education and related services in accordance with the student’s individualized education plan.

The safety of the student(s) is the highest priority.

PHYSICAL HARM

According to State Law Title 70. Section 24-101.3. Any student in grades six through twelve found to have assaulted attempted to cause physical bodily injury, or acted in a manner that could reasonably cause bodily injury to a school employee or a person volunteering for a school as prohibited pursuant to Section 6-146 of this title shall be suspended for the remainder of the current semester and the next consecutive semester, to be determined by the board of education pursuant to the provisions of this section. The term of the suspension may be modified by the district superintendent on a case-by-case basis.

STUDENTS WHO POSE A THREAT TO SCHOOL

School districts do not have to provide educational services in a regular setting to students who have been removed from school (in any state) by a judge or administrative proceeding for threatening school staff and students.  Students will be provided services in an alternative education setting which may include virtual school. Until the school in which such student subsequently enrolls or re-enrolls determines that the student no longer poses a threat to self, other students, or school district faculty or employees, the administration may elect not to provide education services in the regular school setting or through an alternative school setting, home-based instruction, or other appropriate setting until determined that the student no longer poses a threat or completes the discipline action plan. The school may provide education services to students suspended out of school who are on an individualized education plan pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and shall be provided the education and related services in accordance with the student’s individualized education plan.

**Safety of the student(s) is the highest priority.