Students may present troublesome behaviors or feelings that could cause administrators to require an assessment of a student by a mental health professional. This may include requiring the student to complete an approved psychological or psychiatric evaluation by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.
The school reserves the right to review procedures and make determinations about the degree to which assessments conducted by mental health practitioners satisfy the school’s requirements.
As a condition of continued enrollment, parents may be required to sign waivers allowing psychologists or psychiatrists to consult fully with the school.
Administrators may also require verification of cooperation with a treatment plan developed by a psychologist or psychiatrist as an additional condition of continued enrollment.
Students required to complete assessments regarding their risk of harm to self or others may be asked to stay home (absences will be excused) from school until their evaluations have been completed and, when required, appropriate mental health treatment has been implemented.
These students will be permitted to return to school when the administration determines a return is appropriate.
In making this determination, the administration may require parents or guardians to sign releases authorizing treatment providers to consult with the school. Meetings with school mental health professionals, administrators, parents, and student may be required. A return to school may be conditional on cooperation with expectations determined on a case-by-case basis.
In extremely rare circumstances, the school may place a student off roll when the family does not cooperate with medical/psychological treatment or when treatment is ineffective. The administration will evaluate, in a consultation with medical professionals it chooses, whether the student’s medical and/or psychological condition precludes consistent, appropriate participation in school by the student.
Administrators may require drug testing at the family’s expense for a student at any time. The results of the test will be for the family and administrators, and will be used by the school for counseling and retention purposes.