Knox County Schools to review suicide prevention policies in schools – Health News Today

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Knox County Schools added a new item to their agenda on Wednesday: suicide prevention.

The Board of Education is expected to vote on a proposal to change the current suicide prevention policy and remove law enforcement members from schools’ Assessment and Care Teams. Members of the schools’ administration and psychologist staff will be on the team, according to the proposal.

Officials said that the team works to reduce the amount of risk for students in need of mental health care. They are expected to vote on the proposal in October.

The board also added language to create a child abuse coordinator, which is required in schools after the Childhelp law passed Congress. It created a single contact for abuse cases in schools and separated child abuse investigation records from school records. The law went into effect on August 1.

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