Lee's Summit R-7 School District
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District Liaison for Homeless Students

The Board designates the following individual to act as the district’s liaison for homeless students (homeless liaison):

Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Student Services
301 NE Tudor Road, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, 64086
Phone (816) 986-1000; Fax (816) 986-1171

The homeless liaison shall designate and train another district employee to serve as the homeless liaison in the absence of the homeless liaison.

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Foster Care Liaison

The district designates the following individual as the liaison for foster care students:

Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Student Services

301 NE Tudor Road

816.986.1039

The liaison will provide assistance regarding all aspects of the enrollment, placement, transfer, and withdrawal of children in foster care and serve as the point of contact for DESE and the CD. The liaison will also work with DESE and the CD to implement the district’s complaint resolution process.

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What is an Educational Therapist?

 

The LSR-7 Educational Therapist is responsible for assisting families and schools for better success. This can be done by linking students and families with resources, and coordinating services in the community and eliminating possible barriers to the learning process. Strong collaboration with administrators, counselors, school social workers, therapists in the district, and community organizations is critical. Each Educational Therapist will serve a high school feeder system. This organizational alignment assists the Educational Therapist in working with families with multiple children at different school levels.

 

 

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What is a School Counselor?

The role of a counselor in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is to implement the Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program through:

 

    • Helping students develop career/life skills
    • Supporting student academic achievement
    • Providing individual and group counseling to students
    • Providing support during crises
    • Working with parents, teachers, support staff, and community

 

For specific programs and contact information for the school your student attends, please contact their school or visit their counseling program website.

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Can It Be Prevented?

A number of prevention efforts are focused at detecting suicide warning signs. Signals that a young person may be contemplating suicide imminently include: Thinking or talking about or threatening suicide; seeking a way to kill oneself; increased substance abuse; feelings of purposelessness, anxiety, being trapped, or hopeless; withdrawing from people and activities; and expressing unusual anger, recklessness, or mood changes.

Prevention efforts take many forms, such as general suicide awareness education, school and community gatekeeper programs, screening and peer support programs, crisis centers and hotlines, restriction of access to lethal means, counseling and clinical interventions, and postvention (intervention with friends/family/community after a suicide takes place). Adults who supervise a young person can help prevent suicide by knowing the risk factors and warning signs, asking a youth they are concerned about if he/she has been thinking about suicide, and if necessary, providing a referral and making sure the person gets appropriate help as soon as possible.

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Who’s at Risk?

Suicide among teens and young adults has nearly tripled since the 1940’s. Several factors can put a young person at risk for suicide; however, having risk factors does not always mean that a young person will attempt suicide. Risk factors include: family history of suicide; history of depression, other mental health problems, or incarceration; easy access to lethal means; alcohol and drug use; exposure to previous suicidal behavior by others; and residential mobility that might lessen opportunities for developing healthy social connections and supports.

Suicide affects all youth, but some groups are at higher risk than others. Boys are more likely than girls to die from suicide. Of the reported suicides in the 10 to 24 age group, 81% of the deaths were males and 19% were females. Girls, however, are more likely to report attempting suicide than boys. Native American/Alaskan Native youth have the highest rates of suicide-related fatalities. A nationwide survey high school students in the U.S. found Hispanic youth were more likely to report attempting suicide than their black and white, non-Hispanic peers.

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