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5350 - Student Suicide

The Board recognizes that depression and self-destruction are problems of increasing severity among children and adolescents. A student who suffers the psychological disability of depression may not benefit fully from the educational program of the schools, and a student who has attempted self-destruction may pose a danger both to himself/herself and to other students.

All school personnel should be alert to the student who exhibits signs of unusual depression or who threatens or attempts suicide. Any such signs or the report of such signs from another student or staff member should be taken with the utmost seriousness.

The Superintendent shall develop and implement administrative procedures whereby members of the instructional staff understand how to use an intervention procedure which includes the following:


Step 1 - Stabilization


Step 2 - Assessment of the risk


Step 3 - Use of appropriate risk procedure


Step 4 - Communication with appropriate parties


Step 5 - Follow-up

Throughout any intervention, it is essential that Board policies and District procedures regarding confidentiality be observed at all times.

F.S. 1001.42(6)
767 F2d 651 (1985)

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