The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


Because youth suicidal behaviors, other forms of self-injury, and depression are a serious health risk for children and adolescents, all school personnel should be aware of the warning signs and risk factors associated with depression and suicidal behavior.

Any comments or knowledge of suicidal signs or factors must be taken seriously and reported immediately to school counseling/mental health professional, administrator and school police officer.

Intervention procedures found in Procedures for Promoting and Maintaining a Safe Learning Environment, must include the following steps:


Step 1 - Assessment of the Risk


Step 2 - Provide Supervision


Step 3 - Refer to Appropriate Staff Member (Counseling/Mental Health Professional)


Step 4 - Stabilization


Step 5 - Notify School Police if Imminent Danger Exists


Step 6 Notify Parent/Guardian and School Administration


Step 7 - Provide Parent/Guardian with a List of Community-Based Mental Health Resources


Step 8 - Provide Follow-Up Support

School Board policies and District procedures regarding confidentiality shall be observed throughout any intervention.

F.S. 14.201, 14.20195, 1001.42(6), 1006.07(7), 1012.01(2)(b)