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					     STUDENT SECTION                                        Regulation: 9.61




SUICIDE PREVENTION

A.   Responsibilities (All Licensed School Staff)

     Reporting Concerns

     All licensed school professionals bear a responsibility to identify and report students at risk
     of suicide. School personnel who do not possess the skills to professionally assess
     imminent danger with regard to suicidal ideation are required to report any direct
     communication from s student that indicates a suicidal intent to a licensed school
     professional, who by training and job responsibility, possesses the skills to professionally
     assess imminent danger. These professionals, Qualified Licensed School Professionals
     (QLSP), include school counselors, social workers, school nurses (RN and LPN), and
     school psychologists. If there is no qualified licensed school professional available for
     referral, school personnel should not attempt to provide a risk assessment, but follow
     guidelines listed in Section C.

B.   Procedures for QLSP (Qualified Licensed School Professionals) Counselors, Social
     Workers, School Psychologists and School Nurses (RN and LPN)

     Conducting an Assessment and Follow-up

     1.     The QLSP who are responsible for conducting this assessment should conduct an
            assessment of suicidal risk. If the student is deemed to be at imminent risk of
            suicide, the licensed school professional who completed the assessment shall,
            subsequent to this assessment, immediately contact at least one of the student's
            parents/guardians.

            A student who is at imminent risk of suicide must remain under adult supervision
            until a parent or other authorized individual accepts responsibility for the student's
            safety.

            Parents who opt for supportive interventions outside the professional mental health
            arena, such as religious-based interventions, should at a minimum provide a plan

Adopted: 8/16/00
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Falls Church City Public Schools
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            that will include a safety plan and an issues-based intervention procedure that will
            keep the child safe and will address the precipitant issues.

     2.     The QLSP shall document the phone call(s) or attempted phone call(s) to the
            parent/guardian. The documentation shall include the time and date of the call(s)
            to the parent/guardian. The documentation shall include the time and date of the
            call(s), the parent/guardian's response, and any required follow-up.

     3.     If the QLSP is unable to contract either parent or guardian, he or she shall contact
            the student's psychiatrist/therapist, if currently receiving mental health treatment, or
            Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health. If, upon recommendation by a
            mental health professional, it is necessary to transport a student to a hospital or
            mental health facility, licensed school staff should contact the Falls Church Police
            Department or 911 to arrange transportation for the student to the facility. Staff
            may not transport students in their personal vehicles.

     4.     At the earliest opportunity, the QLSP shall notify a school administrator of the
            situation and actions taken.

C.   Procedures for Other Licensed School Staff

     Reporting Concerns and Follow-up

     1.     All other licensed school professionals bear a responsibility to identify and report
            students at risk of suicide. If there is no qualified licensed school professional
            (school counselor, social worker, school nurse (RN or LPN) or school
            psychologist) available for referral, immediately contact at least one of the child's
            parents/guardians.

            A student who is at imminent risk of suicide must remain under adult supervision
            until a parent/guardian or other authorized individual accepts responsibility for the
            student's safety.

            Parents who opt for supportive interventions outside the professional mental health

Adopted: 8/16/00
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Falls Church City Public Schools
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            arena, such as religious-based interventions, should at a minimum provide a plan
            that will include a safety plan and an issues-based intervention procedure that will
            keep the child safe and will address the precipitant issues.

     2.     The other licensed school professional shall document the phone call(s) or
            attempted phone call(s) to the parent/guardian. The documentation shall include
            the time and date of the call(s), the parent/guardians response, and any required
            follow-up.

     3.     If the other licensed school professional is unable to contact either parent or
            guardian, he or she shall contact Woodburn Center for community Mental Health.
             If, upon recommendation by a mental health professional, it is necessary to
            transport a child to the hospital or mental health facility, staff should contact the
            Falls Church Police Department or 911 to arrange transportation to the facility.
            Staff may not transport students in their personal vehicles.

     4.     After the crisis is resolved, the other licensed school professional shall notify a
            school administrator of the situation and actions taken.

D.   Procedures for Issues of Abuse and Neglect - ALL Licensed School Professionals

     1.     If a student indicates that parental abuse or neglect is the reason for contemplating
            suicide, parental contact should not be made. The licensed school professional
            should notify immediately Child Protective Services or the state toll-free child abuse
            hotline. The notifying person shall stress the need to take immediate action to
            protect the child from harm.

     2.     If parental contact is made and, in the course of this contact, relevant issues of
            abuse or neglect are discovered, the licensed school professional should notify
            immediately Child Protective Services or the state toll-free child abuse hotline. The
            notifying person shall stress the need to take immediate action to protect the child
            from harm.

     3.     If the licensed school professional suspects or has knowledge of abuse or neglect he

Adopted: 8/16/00
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Falls Church City Public Schools
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             or she should immediately contact the Department of Child Protective Services and
             makes an oral or written report. The child must be kept safe and secure until the
             Department of Child Protective Services worker or other authorized individuals
             accept responsibility for the safety of the child.

     4.      Upon completion of this process, the licensed school professional shall document
             the phone call to Child Protective Services. The documentation shall include the
             time and date of the call, the individual contacted, the response plan agreed upon,
             and any required follow-up.

     5.      At the earliest possible opportunity, the licensed school professional or other
             school personnel should notify a school administrator of the situation and actions
             taken.

E.   Procedures for Non-Licensed School Staff

     All non-licensed school staff shall contact a supervisor, qualified licensed professional
     (school counselor, social worker, school nurse (RN or LPN) or school psychologist),
     licensed school staff member or administrator if they become aware of issues of suicidal
     intent or abuse/neglect involving a student. If student is in imminent risk, staff shall call
     911.




Adopted: 8/16/00
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Falls Church City Public Schools
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