413R - Suicide Prevention

  1. Duties of Teachers and Administrative Staff
    Any person licensed as administrative or instructional personnel by the Board of Education and employed by the Frederick County School Board who, in the scope of his/her employment, has reason to believe, as a result of direct communication from a student, that such student is at imminent risk of suicide, shall, as soon as practicable, inform an administrator and contact at least one of such student's parents/guardians to ask whether such parent/guardian is aware of the student's mental state and whether the parent/guardian wishes to obtain or has already obtained counseling for such student.

  2. Abuse or Neglect
    If the student has indicated that the reason for being at imminent risk of suicide relates to parental abuse or neglect, contact shall not be made with the parent. Instead, the staff person shall, as soon as practicable, notify the local department of social services of the county or city wherein the child resides or wherein the abuse or neglect is believed to have occurred or the state Department of Social Services' toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline as required by Policy 508P, Personnel- Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting and Va. Code § 63.2-1509. When giving this notice to the local or state department, the person shall stress the need to take immediate action to protect the child from harm.

Legal Reference(s):
Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, Section(s) 22.1-207.1:1, 22.1-272.1 and 63.2-1509

Cross Reference(s):
Policy 221P, Administration- School Crisis, Emergency Management and Medical Emergency Response Plan

Regulation 221R, Administration- School Crisis and Emergency Management Plan

Policy 224P, Administration- Threat Assessment Teams

Regulation 224R, Administration- Threat Assessment Teams

Policy 508P, Personnel- Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting

Adopted: June 11, 2007
Amended: December 15, 2015
Amended: June 19, 2019