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§ 15-1526. Youth suicide awareness and prevention

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 24 P.S. EducationEffective: December 30, 2019

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 24 P.S. Education
Chapter 1. Public School Code of 1949 (Refs & Annos)
Article XV. Terms and Courses of Study (Refs & Annos)
Subarticle (b). Prescribed Courses and Instruction
Effective: December 30, 2019
24 P.S. § 15-1526
§ 15-1526. Youth suicide awareness and prevention
(a) Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, each school entity shall:
(1) Adopt an age-appropriate youth suicide awareness and prevention policy consistent with subsection (c), inform each school entity employe and the parent or legal guardian of each student enrolled in the school entity of such policy and post such policy on the school entity's publicly accessible Internet website. The policy adopted by a school entity under this paragraph may be based upon the model policy developed by the department under subsection (b)(1).
(2) Include in the professional development plan submitted by the school entity to the secretary for approval pursuant to section 1205.11 four (4) hours of training in youth suicide awareness and prevention every five (5) years for professional educators in school buildings serving students in grades six through twelve. Training under this paragraph may be used to satisfy a professional educator's continuing professional education requirement under section 1205.2.2 A school entity may use the materials made available by the department under subsection (b)(2) to conduct such training.
(b) The department shall:
(1) In consultation with a youth suicide prevention organization operating in this Commonwealth, develop a model youth suicide awareness and prevention policy which shall be consistent with subsection (c).
(2) Compile, develop and post on its publicly accessible Internet website the following, which may include materials already publicly available:
(i) Recommended guidelines and educational materials for the training required under subsection (a)(2).
(ii) Recommended resources and age-appropriate educational materials on youth suicide awareness and prevention.
(3) Develop a model youth suicide awareness and prevention curriculum and make such curriculum available to all school entities and, upon request, to nonpublic schools. A school entity may incorporate such curriculum into its existing instructional program pursuant to the school entity's youth suicide awareness and prevention policy.
(c) The model policy developed by the department under subsection (b)(1) and any policy adopted by a school entity under subsection (a)(1) shall include the following:
(1) A statement on youth suicide awareness and prevention.
(2) Protocols for administering youth suicide awareness and prevention education to staff and students.
(3) Methods of prevention, including procedures for early identification and referral of students at risk of suicide.
(4) Methods of intervention, including procedures that address an emotional or mental health safety plan for students identified as being at increased risk of suicide.
(5) Methods of responding to a student or staff suicide or suicide attempt.
(6) Reporting procedures.
(7) Recommended resources on youth suicide awareness and prevention programs, including current contact information for such programs.
(d) As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
“Department.” The Department of Education of the Commonwealth.
“Nonpublic school.” A nonprofit school, other than a school entity, wherein a resident of this Commonwealth may legally fulfill the compulsory school attendance requirements of this act and which meets the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-352, 78 Stat. 241).3
“Professional educator.” As defined in section 1205.2(o).
“School entity.” A school district, joint school district, charter school, regional charter school, cyber charter school, intermediate unit or area career and technical school.
“Secretary.” The Secretary of Education of the Commonwealth.

Credits

1949, March 10, P.L. 30, No. 14, art. XV, § 1526, added 2014, June 26, P.L. 779, No. 71, § 1, effective in 60 days [Aug. 25, 2014]. Amended 2019, Oct. 30, P.L. 460, No. 76, § 26, effective in 60 days [Dec. 30, 2019].

Footnotes

24 P.S. § 12-1205.1.
24 P.S. § 12-1205.2.
42 U.S.C.A. § 2000d et seq.
24 P.S. § 15-1526, PA ST 24 P.S. § 15-1526
Current through 2021 Regular Session Act 90. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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