All members of the DPCDSB community have the right to learn and work in a safe, caring and inclusive community under positive Catholic learning conditions. All staff and community partners work collaboratively to ensure the safety and well-being of students, staff and communities and to preserve the dignity of all staff and students. Under certain conditions, students may need to undergo a "Violence Threat Risk Assessment" when their behaviours confidently suggest they may be at risk of harming themselves or others.
Threat assessment is the process of determining if a threat-maker (someone who utters, writes, emails, and/or gestures a threat to harm a target or targets) actually poses a risk to the target or targets they have threatened.
In Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board all threat-making behaviours are reported to administration. Administration in consultation with their team will then discern whether or not to activate this protocol. Information is obtained from multiple sources to develop an intervention plan to reduce risk of violence. Catholic communities within Dufferin-Peel allow for students to grow, learn, reflect and work towards reconciliation with the appropriate supports.