Welcome to the School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting (SESIR) training site!
 
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When a serious crime or violent act occurs at your school, you’ll need to determine whether it qualifies as a SESIR event and, if so, what type or category of incident. Per Rule 6A-1.0017, in order to determine whether an incident must be reported in SESIR, the following three (3) criteria must be met:
  • The incident meets one of the SESIR incident definitions.
  • The incident occurred on a K-12 school campus, on school-sponsored transportation, during off-campus school-sponsored activities, or off campus where the incident is accomplished through electronic means, if the incident substantially disrupts the educational process or orderly operation of a school.
  • Where the incident was carried out by a student, taking into account developmentally age appropriate behavior and disability, if any, the student had the capacity to understand his or her behavior and the inappropriateness of his or her actions.

Rank Order Level:  Each SESIR incident is ranked from I to IV, based on its level of seriousness, with Level I being the most serious and Level IV the least serious. Rank order levels are used primarily when more than one offense occurs as part of an event. In this case, the general rule is to report the offense with the most serious rank order level. For example, students may have broken into the school, then intentionally set a fire. Breaking into the school with the intent to commit a crime constitutes Breaking and Entering/Burglary, a rank order level II SESIR incident. Intentionally setting a fire is arson, a rank order level I SESIR incident. For SESIR, arson would be the incident reported due to its higher rank order level. Notes about the breaking and entering may be entered into your reporting software to further describe the event, as necessary. 
However, your judgment is the most important consideration in determining which of multiple simultaneous incidents to report. Some considerations that go beyond the general rule are:
  1. Report the incident that causes the most injury or the highest loss of property or monetary cost. 
  2. Consider the context of the incidents to determine the level of seriousness. If you determine that an incident with the less serious rank order level is indeed the more serious offense in a particular situation, then report that incident. 
 
For example, students may have broken into the school to destroy some school property (i.e., vandalism, if the damage is over $1000). Vandalism is a rank order level III SESIR incident. Since they entered the school unlawfully and with the intent to damage property, they also committed breaking and entering, a rank order level II SESIR incident. The general rule would indicate that the breaking and entering (rank order level II) is reported to SESIR and the vandalism is documented in the notes. However, in your judgment, based on the monetary value, students involved, and other factors related to the offense, you may decide to report the vandalism. 
The same reasoning and good judgment apply to determining which incident to report when multiple offenses are committed in the same event but the offenses have the same rank order level. 

SESIR Definition:  Each incident is operationally defined. It is important to follow the SESIR definitions to classify an incident. Your local definitions for similar events may vary somewhat from the SESIR definitions, but, to maintain data accuracy, use the SESIR definition to report a SESIR incident. Frequently, these definitions are similar to, but do not match, those in the Uniform Crime Report. The deviations make the SESIR definitions more appropriate for the school environment and student safety.

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School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting
Office of Safe Schools
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
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