COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 182
October 1, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: SUICIDE PREVENTION GUIDELINES


Attached is a copy of the Suicide Prevention Guidelines, 
which were mandated by Senate Bill 1250, passed by the 1999 
General Assembly.  These guidelines were approved by the 
Board of Education on September 23, 1999.  In a 
proclamation issued by Governor Gilmore, SB 1250 is now 
known as the Lisa Renee Law, in memory of Lisa Renee Hall.  
A certificate of recognition (copy attached), was presented 
to Lisa's parents, Floyd and Karen Hall of Hardy, Virginia, 
by Senator Steve Newman, sponsor of SB 1250, and Secretary 
of Education Wilbert Bryant during a ceremony on September 
29, 1999.

These guidelines should be observed when school personnel 
suspect that a student is at risk for committing suicide. 
You will note that in the appendices of this document, 
material has been provided to help local school personnel  
conduct an assessment of suicide risk.

If you have any questions regarding this material, please 
contact Dr. Don Fleming, specialist for special education 
and student services, at (804) 225-2185.

PDS/DCF/kts

Attachment:     A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
                will be sent to the superintendent's office.
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