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5350 Policy_Student Suicide

The Board of Education recognizes that depression and self-destruction are severe problems among children and
adolescents. A student who suffers the psychological disability of depression cannot benefit fully from the
educational program of the schools, and a student who has attempted self-destruction poses a danger both to
himself/herself and to other students.
All school personnel should be alert to the student who exhibits signs of unusual depression or who threatens or
attempts suicide. Any such signs or the report of such signs from another student or staff member should be
taken with the utmost seriousness.
The Superintendent shall develop and implement administrative procedures whereby members of the professional
staff understand how to use an intervention procedure.
Throughout any intervention, it is essential that Board policies and District guidelines regarding confidentiality be
observed at all times.
Any officer, employee, or volunteer of this Board who, in good faith, attempts to prevent suicide by a student is
immune from civil liability for his/her acts or omissions in respect to the suicide or attempted suicide, under
Wisconsin law.
Kelson v City of Springfield, 767 F2d 651
118.295, Wis. Stats.

Approved/Adopted: July 13, 2009

Sharon Weinstock,
Aug 8, 2011, 8:15 AM