School Safety and Threat Assessment Information for Parents
When it is determined that there may be a threat, whether through an observed action, overheard comment, or report through the SafeUT app, members of that school's safety team will begin the important process of doing a threat assessment. Steps to this process, along with additional information about school safety, are outlined in the attached parent information course:
The Training Code for Cache County School District Parents (25 min) is: ppgnxm
School Safety Measures
The safety of students and staff is a top priority every day in each school in the Cache County School District. In accordance with the Utah State Board of Education's "Eight Conditions for a Safe School," Cache County School District strives to do the following:
1. Establish a Positive & Supportive School Culture We are thankful for our team of administrators, teachers, counselors and other school personnel who care for the needs of all students. Their efforts are augmented by student assistance teams that address the needs of those who require extra support. Student-led organizations provide opportunities for peers to lift and look out for one another. The goal is to ensure that each student in our district is known and valued as an individual.
2. Attend to School-Based Mental Health Cache County School District is taking extensive steps in implementing mental health support for students throughout our schools. Our elementary schools are each equipped with a school counselor that is available for students during school, before and after school hours. Each of our secondary schools is staffed with counselors who are working closely with the district's Project AWARE team and The Family Place to train and implement family facility support for mental health. Our administration, teachers, and staff undergo mental health training through professional development days, mindfulness training with counselors, and training from our resilience team to build a positive culture in each school. Our resilience team is working with Logan Regional Hospital, The Family Place, and Utah State University members to constantly improve each of our school's culture and mental health awareness.
3. Secure Building, Grounds & Transportation Our district has worked with local law enforcement and dispatch to create a standardized safety plan in case of emergencies. We are continually training our administration and faculty. With the implementation of the DIR-S system, our administration, teachers, faculty, and staff have been trained and undergo frequent drills to plan and prepare for our emergency protocols. Along with the DIR-S system, secure safety features have been added to school doors and more cameras have been added to our schools. Transportation has access to the DIR-S system and will be notified if any school undergoes an emergency protocol. Transportation faculty and staff also undergo frequent safety training and drills.
4. Provide Screening Supports Currently, the district is working with Bear River Health to implement annual mental health screenings for students ages 12-18 years old. Bear River Health will then have consulting appointments available for any individual or family who is interested in receiving therapy. Our district is also working with Utah State University to form a screening process for teachers and elementary school students.
5. Mitigate Student Safe School Violations Our district is working on restoring practices to help students with alternative punishments and consequences that will be more productive and encourage students to stay in school.
6. Provide Digital Safety Measures Digital Citizenship is the concept that drives our district safety measures. We strive to empower our students with skills to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly online. Training on resources such as Netsmart and Common Sense Media are taught to the administration, faculty, teachers, parents, and students. Our librarians and media specialists also conduct frequent training on digital safety. Students are taught to avoid and not participate in cyberbullying, sexting, online predation, and giving out personal information online.
7. Develop Community Prevention & Response Partnerships Here at CCSD, we have developed partnerships with organizations in our community to prevent and better prepare for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We value our partnerships and are currently working with many programs throughout the community. Partnerships include local law enforcement, The Family Place, Bear River Health, Logan Regional Hospital, USU psychology and social work departments, doctors, IHC clinicians, DIR-S, and other local and national safety training.
8. Establish Crisis & Emergency Response Protocols Our district utilizes the DIR-S Emergency Communication System, which improves the ability of school personnel and law enforcement to communicate in an emergency. When used in conjunction with other established school safety procedures and protocols, this system greatly augments our ability to keep students and school personnel safe. Each school holds regular drills to ensure that staff and students know how to respond to various emergency situations.