The mental health of our students is of the utmost importance to our team. AB 2022 added Education Code section 49428 which required school districts and charter schools to provide students and their parents/guardians with information at least twice per school year regarding how to access student mental health services on campus and/or in the community. UDS employs a School Psychologist to help ensure students’ mental health needs are met and to provide support for our staff who are trained in identifying at-risk behaviors. To obtain mental health services on campus and/or in the community please contact either the Principal of Primary or Secondary education or the School Psychologist.
UDS Staff members and students grades 7-12 receive education on suicide prevention and mental wellness in compliance with Education Code § 215. Whenever a staff member suspects or has knowledge of a student's suicidal intentions, the staff member will notify the Principal and/or School Psychologist, who will assess the situation and notify the student's parents/guardians. When a suicide attempt or threat is reported, the School will ensure the student’s physical safety by one of the following, as appropriate:
- Securing immediate medical treatment if a suicide attempt has occurred;
- Securing Psychological Emergency Response Team (PERT), law enforcement and/or other emergency assistance if a suicidal act is being actively threatened;
- Keeping the student under continuous adult supervision until the parent/guardian and/or appropriate support agent or agency can be contacted and has the opportunity to intervene.
The team will decide the most appropriate course of action for any relevant situation by assessing the students’ mental wellness, whether the student has an actual plan for suicide as well as the means to carry out the plan, and other factors.