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.
Using best practices in the threat assessment process, trained team members, work together with the school community to identify student threats before they become acts of violence and to
provide assistance, including the use of community supports, to students through early identification.
The key responsibilities of the Threat Assessment Team are to: a) provide materials for students, school employees, and parents/guardians; b) assess and respond to reports of threats from
varying resources; make appropriate determinations, referrals, and notices; and c) provide information necessary for annual reporting to the School Board of Directors.
In the Palmyra Area School District, the following staff are trained members of the District’s Threat Assessment Team: Superintendent/School Safety & Security Coordinator, Assistant
Superintendent, Building Principals & Assistant Principals, Director of Pupil Services, Director of Special Education, Director of Technology, School Nurse, and Social Workers. Each
building also has a threat assessment team to provide additional support to the District Team. Building members may include some or all the following members: Building Principal &
Assistant Principals, School Counselor, School Psychologist, School Nurse, Special Education Supervisor
For more information about the Threat Assessment Team at your child’s building, please contact the building principal. For additional information on the District Threat Assessment Team
and process, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 717-838-3144.