State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on youth suicide prevention.
Kentucky Revised Statutes 156.095 Suicide prevention awareness information
- (a) By August 1, 2010, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services shall post on its Web page suicide prevention awareness information, to include recognizing the warning signs of a suicide crisis. The Web page shall include information related to suicide prevention training opportunities offered by the cabinet or an agency recognized by the cabinet as a training provider.
- (b) By September 15 of each year, every public school shall provide suicide prevention awareness information in person, by live streaming, or via a video recording to all students in grades six (6) through twelve (12). The information may be obtained from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or from a commercially developed suicide prevention training program.
- Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, and every year thereafter, a minimum of one (1) hour of high-quality suicide prevention training, including the recognition of signs and symptoms of possible mental illness, shall be required for all school district employees with job duties requiring direct contact with students in grades six (6) through twelve (12). The training shall be provided either in person, by live streaming, or via a video recording and may be included in the four (4) days of professional development under KRS 158.070.
- When a staff member subject to the training under subparagraph 1. of this paragraph is initially hired during a school year in which the training is not required, the local district shall provide suicide prevention materials to the staff member for review.
- (d) The requirements of paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection shall apply to public charter schools as a health and safety requirement under KRS 160.1592(1).
Kentucky Revised Statutes 161.011 Registry of vacant classified employee positions and training
(10) Local school boards shall maintain a registry of all vacant classified employee positions that is available for public inspection in a location determined by the superintendent and make copies available at cost to interested parties. If financially feasible, local school boards may provide training opportunities for classified employees focusing on topics to include but not be limited to suicide prevention, abuse recognition, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If suicide prevention training is offered it may be accomplished through self-study review of suicide prevention materials.