Delaware - Suicide Prevention Policy: Policy or Plan Requirements

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to adopt suicide prevention policies.

Delaware Code 14-4165 Suicide awareness and prevention.

(b)  Suicide prevention policy. -- Each school district and charter school shall establish a policy which shall require, at a minimum, all of the following:

  • (1) Recognition of the serious problem of youth suicide.
  • (2) The development of a suicide prevention program.
  • (3) That each school within a school district and each charter school establish a committee that is responsible for coordinating the suicide prevention program within that school.
  • (4) A statement prohibiting retaliation against a school district or charter school employee, a school district or charter school volunteer, or student for reporting the warning signs of suicide.
  • (5) That a procedure be established for the confidential and anonymous reporting of the warning signs of suicide.
  • (6) That a procedure be established for communication between school staff members and medical professionals who are involved in treating students for suicide issues.

(c)  Accountability. -- Each school district and charter school shall adopt the policy required by subsection (b) of this section and shall submit a copy to the Department of Education by September 1, 2016, and by September 1 of a newly approved charter school's first year of operation. Each school district and charter school shall provide any changes to the policy to the Department within 60 calendar days.

(d)  Dissemination of policy. -- Each school district and charter school shall ensure that the policy adopted under this section appears in the student and staff handbook and on its website.

(e)  Immunity. -- A school district or charter school employee, school district or charter school volunteer, or student is individually immune from a cause of action for damages arising from reporting warning signs of suicide to the appropriate person using the procedures specified in the school district's or charter school's suicide prevention policy, but there is no such immunity if the act of reporting constituted gross negligence or reckless, wilful, or intentional conduct.

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