Given impetus by a rash of suicide attempts by Salt Lake area teens, the Davis School Board has given preliminary approval to a policy to help students in the aftermath of suicide or suicide attempts.
The new policy instructs the district to develop guidelines for an intervention team and related program to help students and school personnel after a suicide.Already the school district has in place a nine-member team of counselors, social workers and psychologists to help friends and the school "get back to normal," said Ann Benson, assistant director of district pupil personnel.
"We immediately want to return the emotional climate of the school back to normal," she said. "We are trying to prevent another tragedy."
In January, a "skeleton" team responded to a suicide at a district high school with permission of Superintendent Richard Kendell. Additional training took place in February.