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New Online Educational Programs on School Safety

New online educational programs are available for school use. These brief programs will help students, parents, and teachers understand the threat assessment process to prevent violence.

The programs were successfully field-tested in 2016-17; all groups demonstrated large gains in knowledge of threat assessment after completing the programs. 

The programs are 15 minutes for students, 25 minutes for parents, and 25 minutes for teachers/staff, including evaluation questions to show how much participants learned. There are 3 programs totaling 75 minutes for threat assessment teams.

Below is an excerpt from the student program:

These programs help schools meet the requirement for threat assessment teams to “provide guidance to students, faculty and staff regarding recognition of threatening or aberrant behavior that may represent a threat to the community, or school…” (Code of Virginia § 22.1-79.4)

For more information and codes to preview the programs please contact Jennifer Maeng, Ph.D., project director at

This project is being conducted by the Youth Violence Project of the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. It is supported by Grant #NIJ 2014-CK-BX-0004 awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice or the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

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