Saturday, May 05, 2018

Joplin R-8 Board Committee to review suicide prevention policy

The Joplin R-8 Board of Education's Policy Committee will review a suicide assessment and prevention policy during a 2 p.m. meeting Monday in the Memorial Administration Building.

All Missouri school districts are required by state statute to have such a policy in place by July 1, but the importance of such a policy has been evident with the district losing a number of students to suicide in recent months.

The policy will address strategies to identify at-risk students, strategies and protocols to help those students, and protocols to help other students deal with suicides.

The proposed policy, which can be found at this link, includes the creation of a crisis response team at each building. The teams will include administrators, counselors and the school nurse and can also include school social workers, resource officers, teachers and community members.

The district policy also includes a requirement for age-appropriate suicide education beginning at fifth grade.

The remainder of the committee's agenda is printed below:

A. Call to Order

B. Review Policies for Second Reading by BOE on May 22, 2018:

1. Policy DJF: Purchasing

2. Policy GCBA: Professional Staff Compensation

3. Policy GCBDA: Professional Staff Short-Term Leaves

4. Policy GCI: Professional Staff Assignments

5. Policy GDBDA: Support Staff Leaves

6. Policy GDI: Support Staff Assignments and Transfers

7. Policy IGBD: At-Risk Students

C. Policies for First Review:

1. Policy JHDF: Suicide Awareness and Prevention

2. Policy GBBDAA: Staff Sick Leave Pool

D. Other Items:

E. Adjourn

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Would like to see Carl Junctions in print.

Anonymous said...

The link doesn't work. I had hoped to read it.

Randy said...

I don't know why the link did not work, but I replaced it with a link to the agenda page and it can be reached from there. Sorry about that.

Anonymous said...

You mentioned social workers...what social workers? There is one a Beacon and one at Early Childhood. Are there more? I know for a fact there is not one at the high school and they did not renew a contract for the mental health counselor (a position that had been there since 2011). Point is, these kids need more support.

Anonymous said...

Thank you

Jessica said...

Maybe it means it is an option to call a social worker in on an as needed basis.