These are some important best practices to keep in mind when setting up and using Beacon in your school:
Be selective about Users added to GoGuardian Beacon. Before you add someone to GoGuardian Beacon, you should ask yourself, "is this person a proper recipient who should receive access to information related to student suicide and self-harm?" Consult your school's suicide prevention policy and policy team to see who the appropriate recipients would be. Most commonly, mental health officials receive information related to student mental health. Conversely, teachers typically do not receive information related to student mental health for students in the school through Beacon.
Be mindful of access levels. Super Counselor permissions are for those school officials with the technical knowledge and authority to see and edit information for the school, including self-harm and suicide-related information. For more information on access levels, click here.
Ensure all added Users are aware of your school's crisis/emergency protocol. All users should be informed and trained about suicide prevention in general, your school’s suicide prevention and/or emergency protocol, and how and when each user should respond to Beacon notifications. It is a best practice to conduct training on these topics before adding new users to Beacon, as well as to conduct ongoing training throughout the school year. Everyone can use a refresher!
Keep Settings and User Roles Updated. Staff and their roles can change. Remember to disable Users and/or change access levels as appropriate.