Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $573,255)
This project will provide comprehensive school threat assessment team development, online suicide prevention curriculum, and specialized training for school staff and school-based law enforcement serving 35 school sites: 23 elementary schools, 4 intermediate schools, 4 comprehensive high schools, and 4 alternative school sites (RFA Areas 2, 3, and 4). This project will implement Dr. Dewey Cornell’s evidence-based Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines: Intervention and Support to Prevent Violence (CSTAG) program for school-based teams to assess and respond effectively to threats of violence. Online training and technical assistance will be facilitated by a professional learning community (PLC). Sustainable implementation of the CSTAG will be carried out through a train-the-trainers (TTT) model and ongoing networking opportunities for trainers. The evaluation plan will align with program objectives, work with program partners to obtain data, and monitor progress towards objectives. The evaluator will develop data collection protocols and tools, compile and analyze data, and generate progress and evaluation reports. Baseline and quarterly data will be gathered to monitor progress. Data will be handled in compliance with FERPA and HIPAA, and technical assistance will be sought to ensure compliance with GSP guidelines. School safety plan implementation will be reported annually by STAR Teams.