SFUSD has had a clear and concise Crisis Response protocol addressing the aftermath of a school-wide crisis since 1992. The Manual has been replicated by districts throughout the country. Further, the district created a board resolution mandating suicide protocols and training in 2016. Since then, administrators school social workers, school district nurses, school counselors, and paraprofessional staff have been trained on the Suicide/Self Harm Protocol and how to implement the assessment tool to maintain student safety.”
teachers, administrators, counselors, social workers
Erica Rubinstein Irby, Mentor School Social Worker- School Health Programs, SFUSD
Erika Rubinstein Irby has spent the last 11 years as a school social worker for the San Francisco Unified School District. As a site-based social worker for a large comprehensive middle school she conducted triage support meetings, facilitated individual and group interventions, managed school-wide and student level crisis, implemented restorative practices and provided trauma-informed teacher consultation. In her current role as a Mentor School Social Worke,r she assists in training and coaching new staff, as well as providing professional development and crisis support. She was instrumental in helping to create the current district protocol for responding to mental health crises.