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The Governing Board of San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) recognizes that suicide is a leading cause of death among youth and the possibility of suicide and suicidal ideation requires vigilant attention from our school staff. As a result, we are responsible for providing an appropriate and timely response in preventing suicidal ideation, attempts, and deaths. We also must work to create safe and nurturing campuses that minimize suicidal ideation in students.

Recognizing this duty, the district has developed a protocol, SDUHSD Suicide Prevention Policy & Procedure that all schools follow to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its students in the school setting, ensuring adequate supports for students, staff, and families affected by suicide attempts and loss. This policy is based on research and best practices in suicide prevention, and has been adopted with the understanding that suicide prevention activities increase help-seeking behavior, decrease suicide risks, identify those at risk of suicide, and decrease suicidal behaviors. Evidence refutes a common belief that talking about suicide can increase risk or “place the idea in someone’s mind.”

Overall Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention

To ensure the policies regarding suicide prevention are properly adopted, implemented, and updated, the Director of School and Student Services will serve as the suicide prevention point of contact for the District. In addition, each school shall identify at least one staff member to serve as the liaison to the Director responsible for coordinating and implementing suicide prevention activities on their specific campus. Board Policy 5141.52

Director of School and Student Services
710 Encinitas Blvd. 
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-6491
 
District and School Contacts
  • Canyon Crest Academy High School 858-350-0253, Bernard Steinberger
  • Carmel Valley Middle School 858-481-8221, Deb Byars; Karen Infantino
  • Diegueno Middle School 760-944-3717, Cathy Marquardt; Laura Martin
  • Earl Warren Middle School   858-755-1558, Jessica Craven
  • La Costa Canyon High School        760-436-6136, Jaime Garman
  • Oak Crest Middle School             760-753-6241, Michelle McNeff
  • Pacific Trails Middle School        858-509-1000, Lisa Curry
  • San Dieguito Academy High School   760-753-1121, Bobby Caughey
  • Sunset High School                        760-753-3860, Sara Balderas
  • Torrey Pines High School                 858-755-0125, Robert Shockney
  • SDUHSD District Office                  760-753-6491 Melissa Sage; Meredith Wadley

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis outside of school hours, call 911 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Line.

  • San Diego Access & Crisis Line 888-724-7240
  • Behavioral Health Emergency Contact Police/Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) 9-1-1
  • Child Protective Services 858-560-2191/800-344-6000
  • Emergency Screening Unit (ESU) 619-421-6900

If you or someone that you know needs further assistance, please access the below resources.

Support Resources

Parent & Student Resources

Community-based Resource List