By Richard Bammer
Vacaville Unified leaders continue their work toward developing a formal suicide-prevention plan, as required by state law.
In an update during Thursday’s governing board meeting, Kim Forrest, assistant superintendent for student services, presented the latest information on the district’s effort to comply with AB 2246.
The law, authored by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown one year ago, requires California school districts to adopt formal suicide-prevention, intervention and follow-up plans for all middle and high school students. A district’s plan must include provisions that specifically address the needs of “high-risk groups.” Among them are students mourning a suicide, one of the top causes of youth deaths; students with disabilities, mental illness or drug and/or alcohol problems; students who are homeless or in foster care; and students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or may be questioning their sexual identity.