Threat Assessment Team

Pennsylvania School Code now requires each school entity to establish at least one Threat Assessment Team. A threat assessment is a prevention strategy and fact-based process for the assessment of and intervention with students whose behaviors may indicate a threat to the safety of the student, other students, school employees, school facilities, the community, or others.

The key responsibilities of the Threat Assessment Team are to:

  1. Provide materials for students, school employees, and parents/guardians;
  2. Assess and respond to reports of threats from varying resources; make appropriate determinations, referrals, and notices; and
  3. Provide information necessary for annual reporting to the School Board of Directors.

In Cocalico School District, the following staff are trained members of Threat Assessment Teams:

  • Assistant to the Superintendent
  • Building Principals & Assistant Principals
  • Director of Support Services & Assistant Director of Support Services
  • School Nurses
  • School Counselors,
  • School Psychologists
  • Home/School Visitors

For more information about the threat assessment team, please contact your school principal or Dr. Stephen Melnyk, Assistant to the Superintendent for Education Administration, at (717) 336-1403.

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