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3.14+ Suicide Prevention

3.14+ Suicide Prevention





I. The School Board is committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of its students and school community. The Board recognizes that suicide is one of the leading causes of death for Florida’s youth. It is critical for families and community members to communicate with and provide information to school staff to identify students at risk of suicide.

II. The Board directs all school district staff members to be alert to a student who exhibits warning signs of self-harm or who threatens or attempts suicide. Any such warning signs or the report of such warning signs from another student or staff member shall be taken with the utmost seriousness and reported immediately to the Principal or designee.

III. The Superintendent shall develop procedures to ensure that this policy is carried out in each of the District schools. The Superintendent will prepare and disseminate guidelines to assist school district staff members in recognizing the warning signs of a student who may be contemplating suicide, to respond to a threat or attempted suicide. The Superintendent will develop an intervention plan for in-school suicide attempts, out of school suicide attempts and an appropriate re-entry process, including a re-entry meeting to discuss the development of a safety plan and additional interventions or supports.

IV. Professional development training in youth suicide prevention opportunities shall be provided to student personnel services staff, administration and instructional staff. A two (2) hour continuing education program of youth suicide awareness and prevention training, utilizing training materials from the list approved by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) is also available for all district staff in all job categories as well as other adults on campus who regularly interact with students or are in a position to recognize the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Instruction about how to identify appropriate mental health services and how to refer youth and their families to those services should be included in the program. If all instructional personnel at a District school participate in the two (2) hour training the school will be considered a “Suicide Prevention Certified School”.

V. Immediately upon receipt of information that a student is exhibiting warning signs of suicide, the student will be referred to a school-based mental health services provider (and the school-based suicide assessment team) to perform the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS). Based on the responses given on the C-SSRS, a district-level, licensed mental health counselor may be called in to assist in the facilitation of a suicide assessment prior to determining whether the student requires an involuntary examination (Baker Act). The Principal and/or the school-based suicide assessment team shall immediately contact the parent(s) or guardians of the student and inform them of the situation and outcome. School-based follow-up will occur, and counseling services from an outside agency will always be sought for students in situations where the Baker Act was instituted and in situations deemed necessary to build better mental health for the student.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.



HISTORY: Adopted: 07/14/2020

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Formerly: NEW