Suicide Prevention and Bullying
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.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is a violation of the CA Ed Code Section 212.6 and 48900.2, as well as Federal law. Students have a right to a harassment free school.
Sexual harassment may include:
- Questioning someone's sexual behavior.
- Sexually oriented jokes, pictures, or objects.
- Making sexually explicit requests of someone.
- Writing obscene graffiti.
- Touching, grabbing, kissing, or purposely bumping.
A student who feels that they are being sexually harassed should immediately contact the appropriate LCOE Title IX Coordinator or a Principal/Director, Counselor, Psychologist, Nurse, or any Teacher/Staff Member.
For more information, visit the CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICE OF SAFE SCHOOLS ON BULLYING & HATE-MOTIVATED BEHAVIOR PREVENTION.