Schools have an important role in preventing youth suicide, and being aware of potential risk factors in students' lives is vital to this responsibility. The trending Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on a young adult novel of the same name, is raising such concerns. The series revolves around a 17-year old girl who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she ended her life.
Producers for the show say they hope the series can help those who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. However, the series, which many teenagers are binge watching without adult guidance and support, is raising concerns from suicide prevention experts about the potential risks posed by the sensationalized treatment of youth suicide.
- Communication from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) - English
- Communication from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) - Spanish
The Marin County Emergency Medical Services Agency presents a free training on hands-only CPR. Demonstrations and instructions from local doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMTs and firefighters. Open to anyone age 8 and up. Special thanks to the Marin County Medical Reserve Corps Foundation for their invaluable support!
Please see the attached four messages regarding Safe Prom and Graduation Season:
- Memo from Mary Jane Burke, Superintendent, is related to teen alcohol and drug abuse. This is also posted on Mary Jane Burke's blog website. Please distribute this message as broadly as possible.
- Letter from Lisa Schwartz, Director Safe Schools and Prevention Programs, to Marin County Charter Companies urging their support for promoting safe and memorable prom and graduation nights for Marin County high school students.
- Letter from Lisa Schwartz to Marin County Hoteliers asking their support in preventing underage students from attempting to obtain rooms in their facilities.
- Letter from Lisa Schwartz to Marin County Florists requesting their support to promote safe and memorable prom nights by including a card with all flowers purchased stating: Please Drive carefully, Stay sober and drug free, Treat one another with dignity, and Respect and Care for others as you care for your own.
Consistent with Education Code section 48980 and other state and federal laws which require districts to annually notify students, parents, and guardians of their legal rights and responsibilities, appropriate for use for the 2017-2018 school year. The attached Annual Notice to Parents will satisfy a school district's obligations under Education Code section 48980 and other state and federal laws addressing annual notice requirements.