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Comprehensive System of Learning Supports

Equal attention to Learning Supports is essential so that:
  • Every student will demonstrate academic achievement and be prepared for success after high school;
  • Every student will be supported by highly prepared and effective teachers and school leaders; and
  • Every school will offer a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

Suicide Prevention


Contact the CARES line at 1-800-345-9049 if there are indicators of imminent danger. The Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS) program is available for children and adolescents experiencing a mental health crisis.

Suicide among youth is a significant public health problem and is the third leading cause of death among 10-24 year olds.  Schools can play a critical role in suicide prevention.

Risk factors correlated with suicide include:

  • Prior suicide attempt
  • Co-occurring mental and alcohol or substance abuse disorders
  • Family history of suicide
  • Parental psychopathology
  • Hopelessness
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • Easy access to lethal methods, especially guns
  • Exposure to the suicide of a significant person
  • History of physical or sexual abuse
  • Impaired parent-child relationships
  • Life stressors, especially those involving loss
  • Lack of involvement in school and/or work ("drifting")

Suicide Prevention strategies schools can implement include:

  • Promoting social, emotional, behavioral, and academic competencies
  • Providing a safe, caring, responsive, and participatory school climate
  • Engaging parents
  • Intervening early when students need additional mental health supports
  • Making appropriate referrals if necessary supports are beyond the capacity of school personnel
  • Contacting the CARES line at 1-800-345-9049 if there are indicators of imminent danger. The Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS) program is available for children and adolescents experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Implementing a coordinated crisis response when a suicide occurs.

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