Chapter 260
2019 -- S 0818
Enacted 07/15/2019

A N   A C T

Introduced By: Senators Gallo, McCaffrey, Lombardo, and Conley
Date Introduced: April 30, 2019

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
     SECTION 1. Chapter 16-21 of the General Laws entitled "Health and Safety of Pupils" is
hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
     16-21-23.2. Threat assessment teams and oversight committees.
     (a) Each local school board or committee shall adopt written policies for the
establishment of threat assessment teams, including the assessment of and intervention with
individuals whose behavior may pose a threat to the safety of school staff or students consistent
with the model policies developed by the school safety committee. Such The policies shall
include procedures for referrals to community services or health care healthcare providers for
evaluation or treatment when appropriate.
     (b) The superintendent of each school district shall establish a district committee charged
with oversight of the threat assessment teams operating within the district, which may be an
existing committee established by the district. The committee shall include individuals with
expertise in guidance, counseling, school administration, mental health, and law enforcement.
     (c) Each district superintendent shall establish, for each school, a threat assessment team
that shall include persons with expertise in guidance, counseling, school administration, mental
health, and law enforcement. Threat assessment teams may be established to serve schools as
determined by the district superintendent. Each team shall:
     (1) Provide guidance to students, faculty, and staff regarding recognition of threatening or
aberrant behavior that may represent a threat to the community, school, or self;
     (2) Identify members of the school community to whom threatening behavior should be
reported; and
     (3) Implement policies adopted by the local school board or committee pursuant to
subsection (a) of this section.
     (d) Upon preliminary determination that a student poses a threat of violence or physical
harm to self or others, a threat assessment team shall immediately report its determination to the
district superintendent or designee. The building administrator or designee may, if appropriate,
attempt to notify the student's parent or legal guardian. Nothing in this subsection shall preclude
school district personnel from acting immediately to address an imminent threat.
     (e) No member of a threat assessment team shall disclose any information obtained
pursuant to this section or otherwise use any record of an individual beyond the purpose for
which such the disclosure was made to the threat assessment team.
     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.