Mountain Brook Schools

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During its January 9, 2017, scheduled meeting, the Mountain Brook Board of Education tabled the following proposed policy additions and updates for public comment.

Proposed Policy J-52: Suicide Prevention and Awareness

To provide comment on this policy, email by February 10, 2017. 

Suicide Prevention and Awareness 

Jason Flatt Act – The Jason Flatt Act was passed in order to equip Alabama school districts and their personnel to recognize and act on signs of suicide risk in order to provide prevention, intervention, and postvention with students at risk, their families and the communities who may be affected.  This act, which amends 16-28B-8 of the Code of Alabama 1975, includes prevention of harassment and violence.
Implementation – In compliance with the requirements of the Jason Flatt Act, Mountain Brook Schools will:
1. Encourage individual, family, and group counseling services related to suicide prevention.
2. Make referral, crisis intervention, and other related information available for students, parents, and school personnel.
3. Foster training for school personnel who are responsible for counseling and supervising students.
4. Increase student awareness of the relationship between drug and alcohol use and suicide.
5. Educate students in recognizing signs of suicidal tendencies and other facts and warning signs of suicide.
6. Inform students of available community suicide prevention services.
7. Promote cooperative efforts between school personnel and community suicide prevention program personnel.
8. Foster school-based or community-based, or both, alternative programs outside of the classroom.
9. Develop a strategy to assist survivors of attempted suicide, students, and school personnel in coping with the issues relating to attempted suicide, suicide, the death of a student, and healing.
10. Engage in any other program or activity which the local board determines is appropriate and prudent in the efforts of the school system to prevent student suicide.
11. Provide training for school employees and volunteers who have significant contact with students on the local board policies to prevent harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence.
12. Develop a process for discussing with students local board policies relating to the prevention of student suicide and to the prevention of harassment, intimidation, violence, and threats of violence.
13. Provide annual training for all certificated school employees in suicide awareness and prevention.  This training may be provided within the framework of existing in-service training programs or as a part of required professional development offered by our school system.
Description of Behavior Expected of Students – Students are expected to treat other students with courtesy, respect, and dignity and comply with the Code of Student Conduct. Students are expected and required to (1) comply with the requirements of the law, policy, regulation and rules prohibiting harassment, violence, or intimidation and (2) to comply with the system’s prevention strategies related to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention support.
Responsibility of Reporting – Any person involved in a case of action or omission resulting from the implementation of this suicide prevention policy or resulting from any training, or lack thereof, required by this section, shall be subject to state immunity law.
Promulgation of Policy and Related Procedures, Rules and Forms – This policy and any
procedures and rules developed and approved to implement the policy will be published, disseminated, and made available to students, parents and legal guardians, and employees by such means and methods as are customarily used for such purposes, including publication on the school system website.
[Reference: Ala. Code 16-28B-8, et seq. (1975)]
[Reference: Jason Flatt Act (Act #2016-310)]
Proposed: January 9, 2017
To provide comment on this policy, email Dr. Dale Wisely at by February 10, 2017.

Proposed Revision of J-6a Homeless, Migrant, Immigrant, and Language Minority
To comment, email Dr. Lisa Beckham ( by February 10, 2017.
(proposed changes in red) 
Homeless, Migrant, Immigrant, and Language Minority, and Foster Care
Student Attendance Policy
It is the policy of the Mountain Brook Board of Education to provide all students,
including language minority students, migrant students, immigrant students, and
homeless students and students in foster care, with meaningful and appropriate
educational programs allowing all students the same benefits and rights of participation regardless of race, color, disability, sex, religion, national origin, or age. The enrollment of homeless, migrant, immigrant, and limited English proficient children and youth and students in foster care shall not be denied or delayed due to any of the following barriers:
• Lack of social security number
• Lack of driver’s license
• Lack of birth certificate
• Lack of school records or transcripts
• Lack of immunization or health records
• Lack of proof of residency
• Lack of transportation
• Guardianship or custody requirements
Source: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title III, Part C, Sec. 3102
Plyler vs. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982)
Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987
Source: ALSDE Memo, Enrollment Procedures, June 26, 2014
Source: ESSA Act of 2016 ESEA section 1111(g)(1)(i)-(iii)).
Adopted: December 15, 2003
Revised: November 10, 2014
Proposed: January 9 2017
To comment, email Dr. Lisa Beckham ( by February 10, 2017.
To comment, email Dr. Lisa Beckham ( by February 10, 2017.
It is the policy of the Mountain Brook Board of Education to work with foster parents in
Mountain Brook and child welfare agencies to make school placement decisions in the
“best interest” of a foster child living in Mountain Brook in order to provide educational
A child in foster care will remain in his or her school of origin, unless it is determined
that remaining in the school of origin is not in that child’s best interest.
If it is not in the child’s best interest to stay in his or her school of origin, the child will be
immediately enrolled in the appropriate Mountain Brook school even if student records
normally required for enrollment are not immediately available. The enrolling school will
immediately contact the school of origin to obtain relevant academic and other records.
Source: (ESEA section 1111(g)(1)(E)(i)-(iii)).
Proposed: January 9, 2017

To comment, email Dr. Lisa Beckham ( by February 10, 2017.