School-Based Threat Assessment

Contact Information

Under House Bill (HB) 1216 and RCW 28A.320.123, all Local Education Agencies (LEA) are required to have School-Based Threat Assessment Programs and teams in place. To assist in this work, Regional School Safety Centers have been established in the nine Educational Service Districts (ESD) to provide training and technical assistance for the implementation of these programs.

The assessment conducted by the School-Based Threat Assessment team may lead to a specific plan for supervision, development of an individual accountability plan, linkage to social-skill building programs, and other support systems in the community. In addition, the plan may include family/home options such as increased supervision of social media use, safety-proofing the home and removing weapons, and increasing supervision in the home. The model also reduces over-reactive responses by schools with Zero-Tolerance policies which lead to exclusionary discipline for students who are in need of support and do not pose a viable threat.

Accurate implementation of threat assessment programs helps increase support for students in need and emphasizes a supportive and healthy school climate. This helps provide a platform for students to reach out when a problem or concern exists and create a safer atmosphere for students and staff alike.

Policy & Procedure


ESD Threat Assessment Coordinators

For information about Threat Assessment in your area or available trainings, please contact the Threat Assessment Coordinator in your ESD.

ESD 101 Leon Covington

ESD 101 Jerrie Newport

ESD 101 Jason McPherson

ESD 105 Chris Weedin

ESD 112 Don Lawry

ESD 113 Ryan Neese

ESD 114 Malorie Woods

ESD 121 Lawrence Davis

ESD 121 Nasarin Ahmed

ESD 123 DeLeon Gause

ESD 123 Shelby Jensen

ESD 171 Hunter McLeod

ESD 189 Erin Wood