After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools | 9 o o Discuss what students should be told o o Inquire about funeral arrangements Note: Schools may establish a better rapport with the family if they make this contact in person. • • Call an immediate meeting of the Crisis Response Team to assign responsibilities. • • Establish a plan to immediately notify school staff of the death via the school’s crisis alert system. If possible, this should be an in-person notification, especially for those who worked directly with the deceased student. • • Schedule an initial all-staff meeting as soon as possible—ideally before school starts in the morning (see the tool Sample Guidelines for Initial All-Staff Meeting). • • Arrange for students to be notified of the death in small groups, such as in homerooms. Do not notify students by PA (public address) system or in a large assembly. • • Disseminate a death notification statement for students to homeroom teachers (see the tool Sample Death Notification Statement for Students). It is suggested that in the homeroom of the deceased student, it might be helpful to have a mental health professional (e.g., school psychologist, counselor, social worker) present as well as the teacher. • • Identify social media accounts that may need attention or monitoring, and designate a member of the crisis team to monitor them (for more information, see the Social Media section). • • Draft and disseminate a written death notification statement to parents (see the tool Sample Death Notification Statement for Parents. • • Disseminate the handouts Facts about Suicide in Adolescents, Tips for Talking about Suicide, and Youth Warning Signs and What to Do in a Crisis to teachers and other relevant school staff to give them more information about suicide and how to help their students. • • Speak with the school superintendent and Crisis Response Team assistant coordinator throughout the day. • • Determine whether additional grief counselors, crisis responders, or other resources may be needed from outside the school. Team Assistant Coordinator’s Tasks The following tasks may be delegated as appropriate to specific staff by the team coordinator if an assistant coordinator is not designated: • • Conduct an initial all-staff meeting. • • Conduct periodic meetings for the Crisis Response Team members. • • Monitor activities throughout the school, making sure teachers, staff, and Crisis Response Team members have adequate support and resources. • • Plan a parents’ meeting, if necessary (see the tool Sample Agenda for Parent Meeting). • • Assign roles and responsibilities to Crisis Response Team members in the areas of safety, support for staff and students, community liaisons, funeral, media relations, and social media.