Should I tell the
child’s school needs to know about your concerns so your
child’s well being can be ensured during his time at school.
School staff has been trained as a part of Needham’s ACTs
Initiative to respond to a student’s or a parent’s
concern about possible suicide risk. They can help keep your child
safe and find resources.
Contact your child’s school counselor. If you do not know
your child’s counselor, contact the following:
Needham High School Students: Carol Freedman, 781 455
0865 School Nurse
Pollard Middle School Students: Rosemary Leone, 781 455
0485 x238 School Nurse
Private School Students: The principal or headmaster
- Will my child’s concerns be kept confidential?
School staff will provide information only to those individuals
who need to know to help your child. Ask who will be included
in the school's plan for your child.
- Will my child be angry/withdrawn from me if I talk to the school?
Your child may have these feelings. The most effective approach
is to include your child in the discussion with the school
staff, encouraging him to describe his experience and needs
as well as to have him hear what you have to say.
- What can the school do to help?
Once your child is aware certain school personnel can
support him, he, as well as you, will hopefully feel
less alone. An individualized support plan will be set up providing
access to support and/or staff initiated check in on a determined
frequency. You will have a designated contact person to receive
and give information regarding your child’s emotional
- Will the school work with my child’s therapist and doctor?
School staff, with signed releases, are eager to work with
your child’s treatment providers to insure coordination
of care. They also try to work closely with psychiatric hospital
staff to develop an effective reintegration plan.
- Will my child’s educational program be modified if his
condition impacts his learning?
Accommodations can be made to reduce the stress level and
provide a more supportive environment for you child. Talk
with your child’s school counselor or nurse.