Mandated – Student Suicide Prevention Training Reminder
All Grades

Principal Bulletin Action Required - March 15, 2020

This is a reminder that all staff members have access to the on-line Kognito At-Risk simulation, which meets our state mandate that all staff receive suicide prevention training.

Today’s students face increasing pressures that can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety and even thoughts of suicide. As educators, we can take small steps that make a BIG difference in the lives of the students, families and staff we serve.

SCUSD Student Suicide Prevention Training Mandate:

Fulfilling the requirements of AB 2246 Pupil Suicide Prevention Policies and SCUSD Board Policy 5141.52, every staff member is required to take this training.

With grant funding provided by SAMHSA and Kaiser Permanente, SCUSD has adopted Kognito, an online role-play simulation to help us recognize the signs of distress, use conversations to approach a student and discuss our concerns, and, if necessary, refer parents/students to the appropriate resources. The simulations let you practice these conversations at your own pace through role-play with an emotionally-responsive virtual student or parent.

All staff members will have access to the on-line Kognito At-Risk Suite which includes At-Risk for High School Educators, At-Risk for Middle School Educators and At-Risk for Elementary School Educators. Staff members will be required to complete 1 of these simulations, which takes approximately 60 to 75 minutes to complete. In order to ensure our student’s safety, this training should be completed as soon as possible.

In order to complete the At-Risk simulation you will need to create a Kognito account. The process is very simple and as mentioned above, it should only take 60 to 75 minutes to complete one At-Risk simulation.

  • Step 1: Go to – If you do not have an account click on the link directly above the login section where it says “Don’t have an account? Click Here”.
  • Step 2: Once you arrive at the popup window, fill in the required information and enter the enrollment key: scusd. You will then be asked to identify your school site and answer a few demographic questions.
  • Step 3: Once you login to your account, choose the appropriate simulation to complete. You also have access to the other At-Risk simulations, should you be interested and/or want to complete additional simulations. You may start and stop the simulation anytime and will be able to pick back up where you stopped.
  • Step 4: Complete the ending evaluation, which will automatically generate your certificate of completion. The system will electronically track your certificate and indicate you have met the state law mandate. You do not have to submit anything further to the district.

If you have any technical issues with the Kognito program - please reach out to the Kognito technical support team. They are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., EST Monday to Friday. You can reach them at 646-923-8632 or by email at

If you have any further questions about the district suicide risk assessment procedures – please reach out to the Student Support & Health Services team – Victoria Flores, Director or Jacqueline Rodriguez, Coordinator

Thank you for your work in enhancing the safety net for youth by completing this at-risk simulation. Together we can all help keep our students safe.