State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on youth suicide prevention.
Administrative Rules of South Dakota 24:28:17:12. Renewal requirements for teacher certification
The professional and advanced educator certificate is valid for five years. Within the five-year validity period, the applicant for renewed certification shall:
- (1) Complete a minimum of one clock hour of suicide awareness and prevention training;
- (2) Adhere to the South Dakota Code of Professional Ethics for Teachers pursuant to chapter 24:08:03; and
- (3) Verify completion of the required transcripted credits and continuing education contact hours required for a renewed professional or advanced teaching certificate.
South Dakota Codified Laws 13-42-71 Suicide awareness and prevention training requirements
The South Dakota Board of Education shall promulgate rules, pursuant to chapter 1-26, to include a minimum of one hour of suicide awareness and prevention training as a requirement that an applicant must meet in order to be issued an initial certificate and a renewal certificate as a teacher, administrator, or other educational professional. The board shall, after consultation with suicide prevention or counseling experts, identify evidence-based resources that will fulfill the suicide awareness and prevention training requirement and shall make the list of the resources available to school districts. The training required may be accomplished through self-review of suicide prevention materials that meet the guidelines developed by the board. The requirement for suicide awareness and prevention training for initial certification or to renew a certificate begins after July 1, 2017.