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Professional Development Series: South Dakota

During the 2016 legislative session, SB129, also known as The Jason Flatt Act was passed with an effective date of July 1, 2017.

The Jason Flatt Act
SB 129
Effective July 1, 2017

An Act to establish certain suicide awareness and prevention training requirements for certain school employees based on the Jason Flatt Act.

Major components of the legislation are:

The South Dakota Board of Education shall promulgate rules, pursuant to chapter 1-26, to include a minimum of one hour of suicide awareness and prevention training as a requirement that an applicant must meet in order to be issued an initial certificate and a renewal certificate as a teacher, administrator, or other educational professional. The board shall, after consultation with suicide prevention or counseling experts, identify evidence-based resources that will fulfill the suicide awareness and prevention training requirement and shall make the list of the resources available to school districts. The training required may be accomplished through self-review of suicide prevention materials that meet the guidelines developed by the board. The requirement for suicide awareness and prevention training for initial certification or to renew a certificate begins after July 1, 2017.

Each of The Jason Foundation Staff Development Modules has been developed to meet a two-hour continuing education requirement for suicide awareness and prevention program. Before completing any suicide awareness training program, please check with your State Board of Education, State Teacher Certification Board or school superintendent to determine that the program meets the requirements for your State.

You will be eligible to receive your certificate once all chapters of a module have been viewed and you have successfully completed the quiz that follows.

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