GIPS to update their suicide awareness policy

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Public Schools will be making an update to their suicide awareness policy at this week's board meeting.

GIPS will update their suicide awareness policy to reflect the trainings their staff goes through annually. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

The policy will reflect the training teachers and staff attend each year and the monitoring their social workers do on the students. If they notice a student is at risk for suicidal thoughts, the parents are given a referral to behavioral health professionals.

"It's really been great," GIPS Superintendent Dr. Robin Dexter said. "It just really lets staff know that this is happening in Grand Island Public Schools, this is the next step if you're worried about a student and this is the person responsible."

GIPS screened roughly 185 students this past school year. They say they take each referral seriously and work hard to keep their students safe.