Suicide Risk Assessment Procedures During Distance Learning
Every school staff can contribute to suicide prevention and save
lives. Statistics show school-age children worldwide are at risk,
from their early years to young adulthood. In the U.S., nearly
10% of high school students attempt suicide each year, and
suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages
10–24, CDC figures show.
While we remain physically distant from each other, 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, we are continuing to use our suicide risk assessment tool and attached procedures. We have revised our procedures to take into consideration performing assessments through electronic means.
For the safety of our students, please review and adhere to the procedures outlined in the “SCUSD 19-20 Suicide Risk Assessment Procedures During COVID-19 Distance Learning.” Please distribute these procedures to school staff and reiterate the steps taken when a concern about student safety is identified.