ERIC Number: ED339973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Crisis Management: A School District Response to Suicide.
Harris, Morag B. Colvin
This manual outlines crisis policy development, specifically targeting students at risk for life threatening behaviors. Its stated intent is to present a consistent message to all school districts so that they can create adequate and prudent standards for the care of their young people. The materials in this manual are intended to help school districts develop policies for managing crisis. The first section provides a glossary of terms used in crisis intervention, including such terms as contagion, postvention, and survivorship. Next, crisis management policies and procedures are described for the following areas directly applicable to the school setting: prevention, intervention, postvention, general guidelines, school-based plan, and linkages. The following section considers the legal issues schools must address before they translate their policies into procedures, including suicide prevention initiatives and services to other high risk children following a completed suicide, as well as informing the parent if a child is threatening suicide. In the next section, guidelines are provided outlining appropriate ways to handle the media during a crisis. The 46-page appendix provides resources for further information, suicide risk assessment worksheets, guidelines, sample forms, and a bibliography. (LLL)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.
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