Middle School Procedures

Counseling lessons for grades 6-8 will focus on the signs of depression and suicide, and what to do if a student sees these signs in a friend or believe students may feel this way personally.  Counselors will strongly emphasize the need to identify adults that students can turn to and ask for help, and by promoting the acronyms “LLL – Look, Listen, Link” and “ACT – Acknowledge, Care, Tell”.

This information will be presented by counselors, social workers and/or school psychologists through the use of a Power Point, SMART Presentation, Prezi and/or class discussion. On a yearly basis, middle level counselors will review the available video resources 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.  Middle level counselors, social workers and psychologists will follow up immediately with any student who “flags out” on the screener (answers “yes” to either question #1 and/or #2; or answers “no” to question #3 or #4).   If necessary, a risk assessment and/or suicide intervention will be completed.

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.  Hotline cards may also be made available throughout the year through the Counseling Office and again to 8th graders in Know Yourself when this information is covered in that curriculum.

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.