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The Tragedy of Student Deaths

Strategies for Mitigating Risk and Responding Effectively

April 5, 2023
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

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K-12 Education 

How do public schools mitigate the risk of student death when officials become aware that a student may pose a risk of harm to themselves or others? When tragedy strikes, how can schools craft an appropriate, effective response that honors the student’s memory, ensures the safety of the school community, and minimizes the disruption to the learning environment? These difficult questions are more salient than ever, as schools face rising suicide rates among elementary and secondary students, increased availability and usage of opiates and other dangerous drugs, and the ever-present risk of mass shootings. 

Join Husch Blackwell's Education attorneys for a discussion of strategies for preventing student death and serious injury, as well as best practices for navigating these tragic events, should they occur. Gain practical guidance derived from our experience counseling clients in the aftermath of student death and serious injury. Ensure that your school has designed an approach for identifying at-risk students and implementing emergency action that is consistent with national best practices and applicable legal obligations.

John W. Borkowski, Partner, Husch Blackwell
Aleks O. Rushing, Attorney, Husch Blackwell
Claire Hawley, Attorney, Husch Blackwell
Dr. Raymond C. Hart, Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools

Who Should Attend
Public school district leaders, including in-house counsel, board members, administrators, compliance officers, and others with influence over institutional compliance practices

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Questions? Contact Tori Baldwin at 816.983.8805.


Claire Hawley