Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Buffalo Public Schools Education Bargain with Students and Parents is the District's strategy to increase student achievement across all schools. The Education Bargain is simple: The District will guarantee pathways to opportunities that will lead to achievement and success in exchange for hard work, commitment, and collaboration between our schools, our students, and their families.

    A critical component of all of student success is equipping families with the tools for making decisions at what best fits the needs of the child(ren) and family.  This document will provide answers to frequently asked questions in the areas of general mental health, grief and loss, and suicide.


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General Mental Health

  • I am worried about my child, but a little embarrassed to talk about it with anyone. I have no clue how to get help. Where do I start?

Grief and Loss

  • What reactions might I expect to see with my grieving child?

  • How can I help my child transition back to school? When should they go back to school?

  • What are some of the challenges my child may face at school?


  • Parents and guardians play a key role in youth suicide prevention, and it is important for the school district to involve them in suicide prevention efforts. The following points briefly outline the critical impact of parent/guardian involvement:

    • Parents/guardians need to be informed and actively involved in decisions regarding their child’s welfare
    • Parents/guardians who learn the warning signs and risk factors for suicide are better equipped to connect their children with professional help when necessary
    • Parents/guardians should be advised to take every statement regarding suicide and wish to die seriously and avoid assuming that a child is simply seeking attention
    • Parents/guardians can also contribute to important protective factors – conditions that reduce vulnerability to suicidal behavior – for vulnerable youth populations such as LGBTQ youth
  • What leads to suicide?

  • What are suicide warning signs?

  • What are suicide risk factors?