Safe Schools are Critical to Student Success

The Student Threat Assessment Protocol addresses youth who may pose a serious threat to promote safe school environments. The protocol does not predict future violence nor is it a foolproof method of assessing an individual’s or group’s risk of harm to others. It is a guide designed to assist in investigating potential danger. 

The Student Threat Assessment Protocol has two main goals:

  • Respond immediately and appropriately to address youth who may pose a serious threat
  • Reduce the number of expulsions used to resolve safety concerns in San Mateo County schools

In addition, the Student Threat Assessment Protocol has three objectives:

  • Identify and assess threats of potentially harmful behavior and determine the response needed to address them
  • Provide resources to manage situations with students who may pose a threat to other students, staff, and the community
  • Maintain a safe environment for students, teachers, and parents to foster learning free of distractions caused by fear

Student Threat Assessment Team

Each school site should form a Level One Student Threat Assessment Team, which is a multidisciplinary team consisting of an administrator, a school counselor, and a School Resource Officer that supports students who may pose as a threat to themselves or others.

Responding to Student Threats

When there is a threat involving one or more students, assess the situation using the student threat assessment form to consider all areas of concern and risk factors:

Level One Student Threat Assessment Form

If there is IMMINENT DANGER to others, call law enforcement and the district office contact. Follow The Big Five immediate response guidelines as appropriate.

Bringing in County-Level Support

If district resources are not sufficient to manage the threat, the school-based team asks the Level Two Assessment Team for support. The Level Two team includes multiple agencies to bring a variety of resources together to address the threat.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mason Henricks or Mary McGrath at the 51勛圖.

Mason Henricks

Coordinator, School Safety and Risk Prevention


Phone: (650) 802-5434

Mary McGrath

Executive Director, Safe and Supportive Schools


Phone: (650) 802-5425