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Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Fair Notice

posted Jul 9, 2016, 7:24 AM by Ellen Bailey   [ updated Sep 2, 2016, 11:55 AM ]
  September 2016

   Dear Parents/Guardians:

This letter is to inform you that the Halton District School Board has participated in the development
of a region wide Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Protocol along with our community
partners. This Protocol enables us to more effectively respond to situations where students may pose
a threat to themselves or others.

Threat assessment protocols are mandated for every board in Ontario. The purpose of a VTRA is to
determine how best to support the student so their behaviour does not become violent or self-
injurious. Please note that other community partners such as the Halton Regional Police Service and
community youth agencies may become involved in the VTRA because it is critical to have as much
information available as possible in order to provide effective support to children in need. The VTRA
protocol outlines how a school responds immediately to threatening incidents including but not limited
to: possession of a weapon or replica weapon; bomb threat or plan; verbal or written (including
electronic) threats to harm oneself or others, and fire setting. The initial response team will include
the Principal or Vice Principal, the Halton Regional Police Service, and Board staff; other community
partners and additional Board staff may be included as necessary.

Parents and guardians will be notified if their child will be discussed at a VTRA. If parents/guardians
cannot be reached, or if they choose not to provide consent, but a concern for safety still exists due
to threatening behaviour, the threat assessment may still proceed. Personal information shared
throughout this process will respect and balance each individual’s right to privacy with the need to
ensure the safety of all. As always, student safety is our first priority.

The Halton District School Board will respond to all threats in a professional manner in order to
provide healthy and caring learning environments for all students and staff. Additionally, we will be
educating students about school safety and reinforce their understanding that threat making
behaviours are not acceptable.

The Halton District School Board is proud to be able to provide this level of support to our students
and is most fortunate to have our community partners working with us. Should you have any
questions about our community VTRA Protocol or other Safe Schools matters, please call
905.335.3665 x 3389.

Sincerely,

Scott Podrebarac                                     Jonathan Shoss
Superintendent of Education                    System Principal
Safe & Inclusive Schools                          Safe and Inclusive Schools
Halton District School Board                    Halton District School Board


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