As a teacher, you are a crucial link between students, their parents or guardians, and any additional behavioral health intervention that could be beneficial for a student's learning and emotional well-being.
When a student expresses, verbally or in writing, the desire or intention to inflict serious or life-threatening injury to him/herself or others, we provide resources and next steps.
All staff are responsible for the safety and care of our students. If a child is having a behavioral health emergency, the school staff has the responsibility for securing the immediate safety of the student and assure that the student is never left alone. Teachers can request additional support, and it is a good idea to get an adult who has a positive relationship with the student to assist. Once a principal is notified, a counselor will assess the student’s level of risk, and determine if they require immediate emergency psychiatric evaluation. The school counselor takes the appropriate steps for follow up according to the behavior health emergency procedures. Prevention is always the best measure to help to avoid crises in the first place. Compassionate relationships, appropriate, consistent and explicit expectations and compassionate limit-setting can go a long way.
If you feel a student would benefit an assessment of their behavioral health, contact your School Counselor to request an assessment.
The Office of Prevention and Intervention and School counselors offer trainings and resources on trauma-informed practices in the classroom, de-escalating and preventing behavioral health crises, recognizing signs of abuse, neglect or need for intervention.