High School Procedures

Counseling lessons for grades 9-12 will focus on the signs of depression and suicide, and what to do if a student sees these signs in a friend or believes students may feel this way personally.  Counselors will strongly emphasize the need to identify adults that students can turn to and ask for help.

This information will be presented by the counselors and/or school psychologists through the use of a Power Point, SMART Presentation, Prezi, or department-developed video. While the essential pieces and message will be uniform across high schools, each high school will design how these pieces will be delivered, given their unique resources and constraints.  On a yearly basis, high school counselors will review the available video resource and determine the appropriate resource for each grade level.  The screener will be administered at the same time as the presentation. Counselors, social workers and/or school psychologists will thoroughly explain the questions and the reasons for giving the screener, also stressing the importance of answering the questions honestly. They will also discuss confidentiality.  Each student will receive a hotline card after the screener is administered.  In addition, students will receive a parent letter explaining the purpose of the hotline card.

High school counselors, social workers and psychologists will follow up immediately (same day) with any student who “flags out” on the questionnaire (answers “yes” to either question #1 and/or #2).   If an adult witnesses a student exhibiting suicidal tendencies, they will immediately contact the building administrator, school counselor, social worker or school psychologist.  If necessary, a risk assessment and/or suicide intervention will be completed. Intervention procedures will be appropriately followed and parents/guardians as well as administrators will be informed according to intervention procedures or at the discretion of the counselor, social worker or school psychologist.