State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on youth suicide prevention.
4 Alaska Administrative Code 12.397. Mandatory training requirements
(a) On or after June 30, 2017, to qualify for a certificate issued under 14.20.020 or to renew or reinstate a certificate, an applicant must provide evidence of training regarding
- (1) alcohol- and drug-related disabilities and satisfying the requirements of AS 14.20.680;
- (2) sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention and satisfying the requirements of AS 14.30.355, as that section is to appear on June 30, 2017;
- (3) dating violence awareness and prevention and satisfying the requirements of AS 14.30.356, as that section is to appear on June 30, 2017; and
- (4) youth suicide awareness and prevention and satisfying the requirements of AS 14.30.362, as that section is to appear on July 1, 2016.
Alaska Statutes 14.30.362 Suicide awareness and prevention training.
(a) A school district and the department shall provide youth suicide awareness and prevention training approved by the commissioner to each teacher, administrator, counselor, and specialist who is employed by the district or department to provide services to students in a public school in the state at no cost to the teacher, administrator, counselor, or specialist. (b) The commissioner shall approve youth suicide awareness and prevention training provided under this section if the training meets Standard for professional continuing education credit in the state and is periodically reviewed by a qualified person or committee for consistency with generally accepted principles of youth suicide awareness and prevention. The training may be offered through videoconferencing or an individual program of study of designated materials.
This website inlcudes eLearning courses for educators that may assist in complying with training requirements such as suicide prevention.