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Appendix B: Early Response Process

The early response process provides an initial community response to concerning physical- or emotional-health behaviors.

Students and adults may invite members of the community to make use of resources available at health services. Concerns may include a range of issues, including family and relationship issues, stress and anxiety issues, nutrition and diet, or other transitional issues that are a part of the high school experience.

You may also use the early response process for issues that are acute, pervasive, and detrimental to members of the community. You can also respond on behalf of individuals who are unable or unwilling to seek help themselves. In those instances where a student is reporting concerns about another student, every effort will be made to maintain the anonymity of the student sharing the concern.

Examples include, but are not limited to, suicidal thoughts or threats, self-injurious behavior, emotional outbursts, abuse or misuse of substances (including, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs) sexual behaviors, significant weight gain or loss, or other behaviors that may impact the immediate safety of an individual or the community.

Early response procedures:

Student safety is the highest priority. Responses may vary depending on the severity of the concerns and the intensity, duration, and frequency of the behaviors. Regardless of the severity of the concern, a consultation will be arranged with the student and a member of health services (depending on if it is an emotional or physical health concern). At that time, a member of health services, in consultation with the director of health and student support services, will determine the nature and urgency of the concern.

An appropriate response will be pursued that will reflect the best interests of the individual and the community. Responses could range from a one-time consultation to the exercising of the personal leave policy found in this handbook. In response to situations involving harm to self or others, the dean of students and the student’s parents will be notified. If the student is a boarder, the director of residential life and house parents will also be notified.