January 26 – U.S. media said that the suicide rate of Las Vegas students in the United States is rising sharply, and the local school district decided to let students return to school despite the current severe pandemic situation.
According to Fox News, the Clark County School District in Las Vegas reported 18 student suicides between March 2020 and December 2020, double the number of suicides in 2019.
The school district is developing plans to allow lower-grade students and some students who are suffering to resume offline teaching.
“The student suicide rate is rising, and we need to focus on not just the number of COVID-19 cases, but we have to figure out how to focus on our kids,” said Jala, the school district’s director.
According to the report, the staff of the local school are paying close attention to whether students are suicidal. In the summer of 2020, the school district also purchased an alarm system.
The system can detect suspicious psychological signs or suicidal tendencies of students and automatically report them to administrators. From July to October 2020, the alarm system has sent more than 3,100 related warnings to administrators.
According to the Las Vegas Review, Jalla revealed on January 15 that in order to provide students with a better learning environment and mental health assistance, the campus opening time is likely to be set at the end of February or early March.