John Glenn School Corporation
Administrative Guidelines


In compliance with School Board Policy 5350, any time a staff member encounters a situation in which a student appears to be contemplating committing suicide, the following process should be followed carefully.

Step One - Stabilize the Situation

 A.Under no circumstances is a suicidal student to be left alone.

 B.Converse with the student immediately to determine if s/he has any dangerous instrumentalities (weapon, substance, or other material capable of inflicting a mortal wound) on or nearby his/her person.

 C.If the student will allow, immediately remove any dangerous instrumentalities from the student and the student's environment.

 D.If the student will agree, accompany him/her to a prearranged, nonthreatening place away from other students and other people but where there is another adult and a telephone nearby. If the principal can be notified without leaving the student, do so as quickly as possible. If the student will not agree, stay calm and remain with him/her until someone comes by.

Either the principal (if available) or the staff member should proceed to Step Two without delay.

Step Two - Assess the Risk

 A.Stay relaxed and talk calmly to the student to assess the risk of the student harming himself/herself. Listen intently to what the student is saying and avoid giving advice. Keep questions nonjudgmental.

 B.If the student will not relinquish a dangerous instrumentality, use EXTREME RISK PROCEDURE (Step Three A).

 C.If the student is in imminent danger of harming himself/herself, but is not in possession of a dangerous instrumentality, use SEVERE RISK PROCEDURE (Step Three B).

 D.If the student is not in imminent danger of harming himself/herself, use MODERATE RISK PROCEDURE (Step Three C).

Step Three - Take Appropriate Action Based on the Risk


  1.Contact the police.

  2.Keep the student engaged in conversation and reassure him/her until the police arrive.

  3.After the police arrive, and if good rapport has been established with the student, remain present to provide continuity and support as the police attempt to get the student to relinquish the dangerous instrumentality.

  4.Contact the student's parents and inform them of what has transpired and of the actions being taken.


  1.Contact the school counselor, social worker, or special education teacher (if applicable).

  2.Keep the student engaged in conversation and reassure him/her until the above individual arrives.

  3.Determine if the student's distress is the result of parental abuse, neglect, or exploitation. If so, notify the Department of Child Services (DCS) immediately, give them the facts, request them to intervene, and follow their instructions. If a crime has been committed, also contact the local police.

  4.Contact the studentís parents.

  5.If DCS does not intervene or the parents do not arrive to pick up the student before the end of the school day and the student remains agitated despite discussion with the school counselor, social worker, special education teacher or other individual listed above, call the emergency squad.


  1.Try to determine the reason(s) for the student's distress. Contact the parents, give them the facts, and ask them to come to the school right away.

  2.Assist the parents in making contact with an agency or resource person who can provide appropriate intervention.

Step Four - Communicate with Appropriate Parties

 A.Inform the appropriate members of the Corporation staff such as the student's teachers and counselors and/or the case conference team of the facts and the actions being taken. Alert them that they may need to observe the Corporation's confidentiality requirements (A.G. 2411), although the occurrence was not something that developed during counseling.

 B.If the parents request, inform the student's close friends of the facts and the actions being taken.

Step Five - Follow-Up

 A.Determine the extent to which emergency or short-term procedures were completed properly.

 B.Find out if arrangements have been made for long-term clinical and/or support services.

 C.If neither short-term procedures nor long-term services were properly conducted or pursued, consult with the Superintendent to determine appropriate action.

 D.Maintain continuing contact with the student to communicate interest in his/her welfare and support of the long-term services being provided.

 E.Remain alert to the possibility of "copy-cat" suicide attempts by other students.

 F.Develop a plan with input from the school psychologist and/or school counselor to assist survivors of attempted suicide and to assist children and Corporation staff in coping with an attempted suicide of a student or Corporation employee.
  (See the following related policies: Policy 5531 and Policy 8410)

 G.As part of the plan in Step 5-F above, assess whether counseling services for the child and the childís family related to suicide prevention are warranted.

 H.Evaluate steps A - G.


If, in spite of all intervention efforts, a suicide should occur, develop a plan with input from the school psychologist and/or school counselor to assist children and Corporation staff in coping with the death of a student or Corporation employee.

(See the following related policies: Policy 5531 and Policy 8410)

If additional guidance is needed, contact the American Association of Suicidology, 5221 Wisconsin Avenue N. W., 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20015. (202) 237-2280.

Revised 12/5/17

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