New legislation for suicide prevention in schools
In September 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2246, which requires school districts to implement a suicide prevention, intervention, and post-intervention plan for middle schools and high schools. The intent is to decrease suicide and suicide attempts among our students by training school staff to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to know what they can do to help a child in crisis. This must be put into practice starting in the 2017-2018 academic year.
The California Department of Education will be releasing a model policy template in March of 2017.
Questions about your child’s school? Contact school administration for information on their implementation plan for AB 2246.