Student Suicide Prevention Training & Risk Assessment Procedures
All Grades

Principal Bulletin Action RequiredDeadline: December 19, 2021

Today’s students face increasing pressures, including the ongoing realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, that can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide. As educators, we can help mitigate these mental health risks and save lives by learning how to recognize signs of emotional distress, warning signs for suicide, and how to help students access supports. 

For the safety of our students, please review and adhere to the procedures outlined in the “2021-2022 SCUSD Suicide Risk Assessment Procedures”. Please distribute these procedures to school staff and review the steps taken when a concern about student safety is identified. These procedures apply in all educational settings (i.e. in person, virtual). 

SCUSD Student Suicide Prevention Training Mandate State Law AB2246, AB1767, & SCUSD Board Policy 5141.52 requires all district staff
and all other adults who work with students to be trained in suicide prevention awareness.

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 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 2021-2022 school year, all district staff are required to complete the Kognito Simulation Emotional & Mental Wellness meets the mandated suicide prevention awareness training requirement and provides professional development about the importance of emotional and mental health wellness. The Emotional & Mental Wellness simulation will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete.

In addition, any district staff hired after July 1, 2021, will need to complete at least one of the Kognito At-Risk Suite Simulations which includes At-Risk for High School Educators, At-Risk for Middle School Educators, and At-Risk for Elementary School Educators. In order to access the online Kognito simulations follow the directions below.

Step 1: Go to -

  • 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: scusd

  • You will then be asked to identify your school site and answer a few demographic questions.

Step 3: Once you log in to your account, choose the appropriate simulation to complete. You will have access to the required training – Emotional & Mental Wellness – and all of the 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 issues with logging in or questions about the Kognito simulations – 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 these simulations. Together we can all help keep our students and community safe.

2021-22 Student Suicide Risk Assessment Procedures

Memo Student Suicide Prevention: 2021-2022