Duties of Teachers and Administrative Staff
Any licensed instructional or administrative staff member who has reason to believe that a student is at imminent risk of suicide, based on a direct communication from that student occurring within the staff memberís scope of employment, shall promptly report this matter to a qualified professional identified below, while keeping the student safe. Also, as soon as practicable, at least one of such studentís parents shall be contacted to ask whether such parent is aware of the studentís mental state and whether the parent wishes to obtain or has already obtained counseling for such student.
The following licensed professionals are designated to assess suicide risks in students under this policy: The School Psychologist, School Social Worker, School Counselor, and/or the divisionís Mental Health Counselor.
Duties of the Qualified Professional
The qualified professional shall promptly meet with the student to determine whether the student is at imminent risk of suicide.† The qualified professional shall inform the School Resource Officer of the threat of suicide.† If no SRO is available, the Sherriffís Office is to be notified.†
Abuse or Neglect
If the student has indicated that the reason for being at imminent risk of suicide relates to parental abuse or neglect, contact is not made with the parent.† Instead, the staff person notifies, as soon as practicable, the local department of social services of the county or city wherein the child resides or wherein the abuse or neglect is believed to have occurred or the state Department of Social Servicesí toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline as required by Policy GAE Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting and Va. Code ß 63.2-1509.† When giving this notice to the local or state department, the person stresses the need to take immediate action to protect the child from harm.
After a student has been identified or determined to be at imminent risk of suicide, the qualified professional shall make appropriate follow-up contact to ascertain the current status of the student and facilitate any in-school support that may be required.
Parental Review of Materials
Parents have the right to review any audio-visual materials that contain graphic sexual or violent content used in any anti-bullying or suicide prevention program.† Prior to the use of any such material, the parent of a child participating in such a program is provided written notice of the parentís right to review the material and the right to excuse the child from participating in the part of such program utilizing such material.†
Adopted: November 17, 1997
Amended: June 16, 2008
Amended:††††††† June 27, 2011
Amended:††††††† August 17, 2015
Amended:††††††† November 16, 2015
Amended:††††††† June 24, 2019
Legal Refs: Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, sections 22.1-207.1:1, 22.1-272.1 and
Cross Refs: GAE ††††††† Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting
EB †††††††† School Crisis, Emergency Management, and Medical Emergency††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††Response Plan
†††††††††††††††††††††† EBB†† ††††††††Threat Assessment Teams