Policy 5570 – Crisis Management/Suicide Prevention

A comprehensive crisis management/suicide prevention program shall be developed, implemented, and maintained by District personnel appointed by the Superintendent of Schools.

The student crisis management/suicide prevention program shall incorporate (a) primary prevention approaches which represent ongoing education of students, staff, and parents; (b) additional prevention approaches which define the referral and intervention procedures for students with immediate assistance needs; and (c) guidelines for dealing with a crisis situation at the school and District level.

The School District recognizes that any staff member acting in good faith to prevent suicide by a student is immune from civil liability for any act or omission in respect to the suicide or attempted suicide, as provided in Wisconsin Statutes 118.295.


  • Wisconsin Statutes
    • Sections 118.01(2)d7 Instructional program goals related to suicide prevention and intervention
    • 118.295 Suicide intervention; civil liability exemption
    • 120.12(26) School safety plans
    • 121.02(l)(i) Safe and healthful facilities standard


  • 3500, District Safety Policy
  • 3643, Emergency School Closings
  • 5531, Emergency Care Services
  • 5138, Maintenance of School Environment
  • Emergency and Safety Preparedness Manual
  • School Safety Plans


AFFIRMED: September 24, 1991


  • June 25, 1996
  • January 29, 2002

Rule 5570 – Crisis Management/Suicide Prevention

To ensure the development, implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive and effective student crisis management/suicide prevention program, the following procedures must be followed:

  1. Establish a school based crisis resource team appointed by the principal of each school to implement and monitor the procedures identified in the District Crisis Management/Suicide Prevention Plan.
  2. A District-wide Crisis Response Team will be formed and be available to assist Crisis Resource Teams. This team will provide assistance to schools in crisis situations beyond the scope of the building team. The Crisis Response Team will also work collaboratively with community agencies and resources.
  3. Provide immediate procedures to be used by counselors, administrators, and other staff members for students who appear to be depressed, suicidal, or who in other ways appear to be at risk.
  4. Provide staff inservice education as needed.
  5. Provide information related to student crisis management/suicide prevention for parents.
  6. Provide educational information for students concerning suicide and loss.
  7. Coordinate the crisis management/suicide prevention information into health education and other curricular areas.