Blain County, I.D., May 17, 2019(Idaho Mountain Express) — The Blaine County School District will roll out a suite of new safety protocols next year, Director of Student Safety Dave Stellers announced during a monthly meeting of the board of trustees on Tuesday night.
This district plans to roll out a more intensive threat-assessment protocol, and adopt a smartphone app for reporting inappropriate or dangerous behavior at the start of the 2019-20 school year.
The current threat-assessment protocol, which Stellers described as a “single-pronged” approach using counselors or school psychologists to intervene, had fallen behind recent standards, he said.
“Current climates in schools dictate that we do a bit of a better job than that,” Stellers said.
A team of administrators, social workers, school psychologists and school resource officers developed the new practices.
The three-part approach starts with ongoing prevention, which will be augmented by a partnership with StopIt Solutions to introduce an app capable of anonymously reporting suspicious or harmful behavior. Those reports will notify newly-formed threat assessment teams comprised of building administrators, counselors and, if necessary, a school resource officer.