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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 1 GENERAL EDUCATION CODE PROVISIONS [1. - 32500]

  ( Title 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 1 GENERAL EDUCATION CODE PROVISIONS [1. - 32500]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 1 GENERAL PROVISIONS [1. - 446]

  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 2. Educational Equity [200 - 262.4]

  ( Heading of Chapter 2 amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 914, Sec. 6. )

ARTICLE 2.5. Pupil Suicide Prevention Policies [215 - 216]
  ( Article 2.5 added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 642, Sec. 2. )

215.
  

(a) (1) The governing board or body of a local educational agency that serves pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, shall, before the beginning of the 2017–18 school year, adopt, at a regularly scheduled meeting, a policy on pupil suicide prevention in grades 7 to 12, inclusive. The policy shall be developed in consultation with school and community stakeholders, school-employed mental health professionals, and suicide prevention experts and shall, at a minimum, address procedures relating to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.

(2) The policy shall specifically address the needs of high-risk groups, including, but not limited to, all of the following:

(A) Youth bereaved by suicide.

(B) Youth with disabilities, mental illness, or substance use disorders.

(C) Youth experiencing homelessness or in out-of-home settings, such as foster care.

(D) Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth.

(3) (A) The policy shall also address any training to be provided to teachers of pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, on suicide awareness and prevention.

(B) Materials approved by a local educational agency for training shall include how to identify appropriate mental health services, both at the schoolsite and within the larger community, and when and how to refer youth and their families to those services.

(C) Materials approved for training may also include programs that can be completed through self-review of suitable suicide prevention materials.

(4) The policy shall be written to ensure that a school employee acts only within the authorization and scope of the employee’s credential or license. Nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing or encouraging a school employee to diagnose or treat mental illness unless the employee is specifically licensed and employed to do so.

(5) To assist local educational agencies in developing policies for pupil suicide prevention, the department shall develop and maintain a model policy in accordance with this section to serve as a guide for local educational agencies.

(b) For purposes of this section, “local educational agency” means a county office of education, school district, state special school, or charter school.

(Added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 642, Sec. 2. (AB 2246) Effective January 1, 2017.)

216.
  

(a) The department shall identify one or more evidence-based online training programs that a local educational agency can use to train school staff and pupils as part of the local educational agency’s policy on pupil suicide prevention adopted pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 215.

(b) In identifying an online training program pursuant to subdivision (a), the department shall ensure all of the following:

(1) The training program is evidence based.

(2) The training program is consistent with the model pupil suicide prevention policy developed by the department pursuant to paragraph (5) of subdivision (a) of Section 215.

(3) The training program addresses the needs of high-risk groups as specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 215.

(4) The training program can track aggregate, statewide usage.

(5) The training program can assess trainee knowledge before and after training is provided in order to measure training outcomes.

(c) (1) The department shall, subject to funds being appropriated in the annual Budget Act or another statute for this purpose, provide a grant to a county office of education, upon application by the county office of education, for the county office of education to acquire a training program identified by the department pursuant to subdivision (a) and disseminate that training program to local educational agencies.

(2) The county office of education shall make the training program available to local educational agencies at no cost.

(3) A local educational agency is not required to use the training program and may use the training program on a voluntary basis.

(d) For purposes of this section, “local educational agency” means a county office of education, school district, state special school, or charter school that serves pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive.

(e) The requirements of this section are contingent on funds being appropriated in the annual Budget Act or another statute for its purposes.

(Added by Stats. 2018, Ch. 32, Sec. 1. (AB 1808) Effective June 27, 2018.)

EDCEducation Code - EDC2.5