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CCSD Focuses on Improving Suicide Prevention Training

This important issue has long been a part of professional development for staff, but Cherokee County School District (CCSD) is increasing its training and programs in response to the national rise in teen suicide rates as well as the tragic deaths of students, teachers, and parents in the community.

CCSD and the GBI recently co-hosted a summit open to the public to help the state’s top law enforcement agency begin a statewide community dialogue. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower was among the speakers who participated in the event, which was attended by dozens of CCSD leaders, teachers, and counselors, as well as many parents and community members.

“As our community’s school system, we’re committed to being part of the solution. We’re dedicated to continuously improving how we prepare our staff and how we counsel our students, and we’re developing an online ‘toolkit’ that we’ll share with parents,” said Hightower.

CCSD also conducted two large training sessions: one with all school nurses, and the other with all school counselors, which was the second in a series of meetings focused on how counselors can better identify students at risk and provide them with support and resources.

These trainings and others are part of the CCSD Office of School Operations’ efforts to improve staff and community preparedness. This preparedness includes a stronger ability to recognize the signs of a student in crisis and take appropriate steps to help as well as to concurrently develop more ways for students to feel connected to their school and know caring adult mentors are there for them.