Assembly Bill AB 1767 requires any school district, county office of education, or charter school that serves students in kindergarten and grades 1 to 6 to adopt or update a policy on suicide prevention to apply to kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, and specifically address the needs of high-risk groups within those grades (Ed. Code §215).
Assembly Bill AB 34 requires any school district, county office of education, or charter school, regardless of grades served, to post specific information in a prominent location on the local educational agency’s (LEA’s) existing website in a manner that is easily accessible to parents/guardians and students.
Parents, educators, mental health professionals, and legislators are making a concerted effort to address the critical need to prevent youth suicides in California.
Assembly Bill 2246 (O’Donnell) addressed this issue by requiring school district's to adopt suicide prevention policies before the beginning of the 2017–18 school year. The policy shall specifically address the needs of high-risk groups, include consideration of suicide awareness and prevention training for teachers, and ensure that a school employee acts only within the authorization and scope of the employee’s credential or license.
Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for youth ages 13-8 and also is a leading cause of death among ten- to-twelve-year olds. Students in earlier grades also are known to consider, attempt, and die by suicide. Research demonstrates that ideation may start as early as pre-school (however, suicide deaths are very rare among children age nine years or younger).
The board policy must be developed in consultation with school and community stakeholders, school-employed mental health professionals, and suicide prevention experts. At a minimum, the board policy must address procedures relating to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
The Lake County Board of Education recognizes the harmful effects of bullying on student well-being, student learning, and school attendance and desires to provide a safe school environment that protects students from physical and emotional harm.
No individual or group shall, through physical, written, verbal, visual, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, cyberbully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any student or school personnel, or retaliate against them for filing a complaint or participating in the complaint resolution process.
Reporting Incidents or Threats
Any complaint of bullying shall be submitted to and investigated by HR Director, Melissa Reese.
You can also fill out our Uniform Complaint Form.
If, during the investigation, it is determined that a complaint is about nondiscriminatory bullying, the principal or designee shall inform the complainant and shall take all necessary actions to resolve the complaint.
Consequences for Engaging in Bullying
A victim of bullying, witness, perpetrator, or other student affected by an act of bullying may be referred to a school counselor, school psychologist, social worker, child welfare attendance personnel, school nurse, or other school support service personnel for case management, counseling, and/or participation in a restorative justice program as appropriate. (Education Code 48900.9)
In addition, corrective actions for a student who commits an act of bullying may include behavioral intervention and education and, if the behavior is severe or pervasive, may include notification of the student's parent/guardian, suspension or expulsion, and/or referral to law enforcement.