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Joplin School Board approves Suicide Prevention Policy

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

The Joplin School Board of Education approved a new suicide awareness and prevention policy at tonight's meeting. 

The district wide policy helps determine how to identify students that are at risk of suicide, and the action that is taken to help the student get any help they may need. It also defines what action is taken by the district to take care of student's mental health in the event of a suicide. 

Dr. Kerry Sachetta, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, says, "I think the main thing I want to see out of this is just another re-examination of what we're doing, ensuring that we're doing them across the board. We don't want kids running around or at school or even outside of school believing that they can't get help. That's the main thing. That we want them to know that helps there." 

This policy will be implemented at every school in the district, and Dr. Sachetta says while this prevents some unique challenges, it is the right way to go.

He says, "Obviously one of the things that we don't want to do is drudge up things that may not be there. But at the same time, it's a very tight rope we walk because we want to be very alert and make sure that if something is out of order, or something does not sound right, that we follow up on it as soon as possible."

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is requiring all Missouri school districts have a suicide awareness and prevention policy in place by July 1st.

Other Business

The board of education also approved several construction bids for work over the summer. 

Perhaps the most exciting is one that helps increase traffic flow at the high school.

The board approved construction of a driveway addition at the high school that will connect 20th street with the parking lot in front of the performing arts center. 

The project will be completed by Asbell Construction for 65-thousand dollars, and is expected to be completed before the beginning of the fall semester. 

Royal Hights Elementary will also receive a new roof over the summer. The project will be completed by Joplin Roofing, and will cost 87-thousand 4-hundred dollars. 

Last but not least,  Duquesne Elementary has a new owner. The board of education has sold the old elementary school to Celebration Church of Joplin for 76- thousand 5-hundred dollars.

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