The reach this tool provides in the maintenance of public safety is widespread. For instance, it can potentially alert officials to an intention or planning of a significant threat to personal safety of a student and/or public safety, but it can also serve to get help for individual students suffering with mental health issues. Often, these students want to be heard and want help, but they struggle with how and who to approach. Other areas of interest include school violence, drugs, gang activity, substance abuse, threats, etc.
There are specific limits on how long this data is retained before it is permanently destroyed. Reports will be destroyed from SST’s possession 30 days after receipt of the report is confirmed with the school district designate. We recommend to school districts that they destroy information relating to a pupil when the pupil turns 18 years of age or is no longer enrolled in the school district, whichever occurs first.
Current case law and legal opinion supports this practice. In the review of high profile school violence across North America, “Foreseeable Circumstance” is used as the measure by which school districts are judged if they could have prevented such an event from occurring.
For more information on how this service can enhance the overall safety and security strategy for your district or school – Contact one of our staff!