STUDENT HEALTH
&
SAFETY

Kepler Neighborhood School's Policy on Pupil Suicide Prevention

Purpose:

Kepler Neighborhood School is committed to the health and well-being of all students. This policy aims to provide safe and supportive environment for students in TK through 8th grade by proactively addressing pupil suicide prevention.The school seeks to identify students at risk of suicide provide appropriate intervention and support, and promote a culture of safety, understanding, and acceptance.

Policy Overview:

1. Training and Education:
 

Staff Training: Staff receive regular training on identifying signs of suicide risk in children and adolescents.

Student Education: Age-appropriate lessons on mental health and coping skills are provided to students.

Parent/Guardian Education: Parents and guardians receive information on recognizing signs of suicide risk and supporting their children. 

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2. Identification and Intervention:
 
Recognizing Signs: Staff will report concerns of emotional distress, depression, or suicidal ideation in students.
 
Assessment and Support: School counselors assess students at risk and provide immediate support or referrals to mental health professionals as necessary.
 
Family Collaboration: Parents/guardians are promptly involved in interventions and ongoing support plans.
 

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3. Confidentiality and Response:
 
Confidentiality: Information regarding a student’s risk or support needs is handled confidentiality. 
 
Crisis Response: The school has a crisis response plan for handling incidents involving suicidal behaviors. 
 
Postvention Support: The school supports those affected by student suicide and coordinates with community resources. 
 

Anti-Bullying Policy

Kepler Neighborhood School Anti-Bullying Policy

Kepler Neighborhood School Anti-Bullying Policy

Kepler Neighborhood School is committed to fostering a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment for all students. Bullying, in any form, will not be tolerated. This policy outlines the school's approach to preventing, identifying, and addressing bullying, including cyberbullying and social media bullying.

Definition of Bullying

Bullying is defined as any unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. It can be verbal, physical, social, or psychological. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Verbal Bullying: Name-calling, teasing, threats, or inappropriate sexual comments.
  • Physical Bullying: Hitting, kicking, pushing, or any unwanted physical contact.
  • Social Bullying: Excluding someone, spreading rumors, or damaging someone's reputation.
  • Cyberbullying: Bullying that takes place through digital platforms, such as social media, messaging apps, or online forums.

Prevention Strategies

  • Education and Awareness: All students and staff receive education on the nature of bullying, its impact, and strategies for prevention and intervention.
  • Positive School Climate: Kepler Neighborhood School promotes respect, kindness, and inclusion throughout the school community.
  • Supervision and Monitoring: Staff actively supervise and monitor student interactions in classrooms, hallways, and other common areas.

Cyberbullying Procedures

  • Digital Citizenship: Students are taught responsible and respectful behavior online as part of the school's digital citizenship curriculum.
  • Monitoring Online Activity: The school may monitor students' use of school technology and digital platforms to identify potential cyberbullying.
  • Reporting Mechanism: Students and parents can report cyberbullying incidents anonymously through the school's online reporting system.

Social Media Bullying

  • Education on Social Media: Students receive guidance on responsible social media use, including privacy settings and respectful communication.
  • Monitoring and Reporting: The school encourages parents to monitor their children's social media activity and report any instances of bullying to the school.
  • Community Forums: Cyberbullying can occur on various social media platforms, such as Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, and Facebook, as well as in online gaming communities and chat forums.

Reporting and Response

  • Reporting Mechanism: Students and parents are encouraged to report bullying incidents to school staff, counselors, or administration promptly.
  • Confidentiality: Reports of bullying are kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to investigate and address the situation.
  • Investigation: The school will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation into all reports of bullying.
  • Intervention and Discipline: If bullying is confirmed, the school will take appropriate disciplinary action and provide support to the victim.

Support for Students

  • Counseling: Counseling services are available for students affected by bullying.
  • Restorative Practices: The school uses restorative practices to help resolve conflicts and rebuild relationships when appropriate.

Policy Review

Regular Review: The school reviews and updates this policy regularly to reflect current best practices and legal requirements.