This Week in School and Campus Safety

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This Weekly Update by the Illinois School and Campus Safety Program links the newly released APA survey data on violence against educators and school personnel during the pandemic, shares NASP's resource for educators on youth affected by the war in Ukraine, and promotes the upcoming virtual classes on digital threat assessment and advanced digital threat assessment.

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Laura Black
Program Coordinator
Illinois School and Campus Safety Program
APA Releases Report on Violence Against Educators and School Personnel
 During the Pandemic

The American Psychological Association (APA) recently announced the release of a report based on an APA Task Force on Violence Against Educators and School Personnel survey of 14,966 participants. "Participants were asked about their experience with threats of violence (including verbal harassment, threats or cyberbullying) from students, parents/guardians, colleagues and administrators, as well as physical violence from students. They were also asked about their desire or intention to quit, retire early or transfer to another position in the school or school district. The survey also included a series of open-ended, qualitative questions asking participants to share details of their experiences, expand on their concerns and offer recommendations for solutions."

A brief snapshot of some of the results include:

Verbal Threatening or Victimization
  • One-third of surveyed teachers reported at least one incident from students during COVID
  • Over 40% of school administrators reported incidents from parents during COVID

Victims of Physical Violence from Students
  • 14% of teachers
  • 15% of administrators
  • 18% of psychologists/social workers
  • 22% of school staff (e.g., paraprofessionals, school counselors, instructional aides, school resource officers)

Desire or Plan to Quit or Transfer Jobs
  • 49% of teachers
  • 34% of psychologists/social workers
  • 31% of administrators
  • 29% of staff

To review the report brief or the technical report, click the links below.

NASP Creates Resource for Educators on Youth Affected by the War in Ukraine

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has created the document Supporting Youth Affected by the War in Ukraine: Tips for Caregivers and Educators. The document addresses keeping explanations developmentally appropriate, risk factors to consider, possible emotional responses, how caregivers and educators can help, coordinating between school and home, and more. The document also shares resources on how adults and address their own needs, and links to additional NASP resources.
There's Still Time to Register! Digital Threat Assessment on April 8th via Zoom

There is still time to register for the Digital Threat Assessment class on April 8th from 9:30 am-4:00 pm via Zoom. Digital Threat Assessment training will enable participants to establish a framework to better assess all threats by constructing and considering the digital baseline of a threat maker by locating, documenting, and evaluating social media data through a threat assessment lens. A significant portion of the day will be spent engaging in hands-on exercises on the most prevalent social media platforms and associated search applications. For more information and to register, click here.
Advanced Digital Threat Assessment on May 3rd
via Zoom

The Illinois School and Campus Safety Program is pleased to announce the class Advanced Digital Threat Assessment will be held on May 3rd from 9:30 am-4:00 pm via Zoom. Building upon the Digital Threat Assessment class by Safer Schools Together, Advanced Digital Threat Assessment advances participants' understanding of finding and curating relevant digital information consistent with real-life digital threat assessment data gathering scenarios. Significant engagement and hands-on practice will take place as participants are assembled into investigative teams and given a true-to-life mock scenario. For more information and to register, click here.

Illinois School and Campus Safety Program