Approval for Bill Aimed to Educate School Employees on Suicide

Schools may soon focus more on preventing suicides if a new bill continues on its current path of approval.

LB923 gained initial approval in the Legislature Tuesday. If passed, it would mean required suicide awareness and prevention training for Nebraska public-school employees.

Senators voted unanimously to advance the measure. The bill would require at least one hour of training for school nurses, teachers, counselors, psychologists, administrators, social workers and other personnel. It also would create a state-level school security director.

The director within the Department of Education would provide guidance and support to local school districts and districts would have to provide the director with school safety plans.

The bill combines proposals by Sens. Amanda McGill of Lincoln and Rick Kolowski of Omaha.