Elk Rapids Schools
Bylaws & Policies


The Board of Education recognizes that depression and self-destruction are problems of increasing severity among children and adolescents. A student who suffers the psychological disability of depression cannot benefit fully from the educational program of the schools, and a student who has attempted self-destruction poses a danger both to himself/herself and to other students.

The Board directs all school personnel to be alert to the student who exhibits signs of unusual depression or who threatens or attempts suicide. Any such signs or the report of such signs from another student or staff member should be taken with the utmost seriousness.

The Superintendent shall develop and implement administrative guidelines whereby members of the professional staff understand how to use an intervention procedure which includes the following:

 A.Step 1 - Stabilization

 B.Step 2 - Assessment of the Risk

 C.Step 3 - Use of Appropriate Risk Procedure

 D.Step 4 - Communication with Appropriate Parties

 E.Step 5 - Follow-up

Throughout any intervention, it is essential that Board policies and District guidelines regarding confidentiality be observed at all times.

M.C.L.A. 380.1171
767 F 2d 651 (1985)

Revised 6/25/07