Student Suicide Prevention Procedures & Mandated Training
For the safety of our students, please review and adhere to the procedures outlined in the “2020-2021 SCUSD Suicide Risk Assessment Procedures”. Please distribute these procedures to school staff and reiterate the steps taken when a concern about student safety is identified. These procedures apply in educational settings whether distance learning, In-person, or a hybrid.
While we continue to be distance learning, our students may experience an increase in feelings of isolation, anxiety and sadness. To ensure our essential safety net remains in place for our students during distance schooling as well as when students return to school sites, we must meet the state requirement for suicide prevention training.
Every school staff can contribute to suicide prevention and save lives by following these procedures as well as completing the mandated student suicide prevention training.
SCUSD Student Suicide Prevention Training Mandate
State Law AB 2246, AB 1767, & SCUSD Board Policy 5141.52 requires all district staff and all other adults who work with students to be trained in suicide prevention awareness.
With grant funding provided by SAMHSA and Kaiser Permanente, SCUSD is continuing to use 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 Kognito simulations let you practice these challenging conversations at your own pace through role-play with an emotionally-responsive virtual student or parent.
For the 2020-2021 school year, all district staff are required to complete the Kognito Simulation- Trauma Informed Practices K-12 which meets the mandated suicide prevention awareness training requirement. The Trauma Informed Practices K-12 simulation will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. In order to ensure our student’s safety, this training should be completed during the Fall of 2020.
Any district/school site staff hired after July 1, 2020 must complete at least one of the Kognito At-Risk Suite Simulations (At-Risk for High School Educators, At-Risk for Middle School Educators, and At-Risk for Elementary School Educators). Newly hired staff may also complete the Kognito Simulation- Trauma Informed Practices K-12.
In order to complete the Trauma Informed Practices K-12 simulation you will need to return to your already existing Kognito account or create a new Kognito account if you did not do so last school year. The process is very simple and as mentioned above, it should only take 60 to 75 minutes to complete simulation. In order to access the online Kognito simulations follow the directions below.
Step 1: Go to - https://kognitocampus.com/
If you already have an existing Kognito account with your SCUSD email, sign in to your account.
If you do not already 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 below.
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 are available from 9am to 6pm, EST Monday to Friday. You can reach them at 646-923-8632 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com) or Jacqueline Rodriguez, Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.