How is your child’s school prepared to respond in the event of a crisis or disaster that touches the lives of students?
When you think of crisis intervention in the schools, you may think of headline-grabbing images of school shooters or other in-school threats to children’s safety. But did you know that schools actually are one of the safest places children go? In fact, most crises that affect the lives of students happen outside of school. But, because children can’t come to school and forget about what has happened elsewhere in their lives, school personnel need to be prepared to help children through a crisis. Dr. Martha Rosen, lead psychologist in the Minneapolis Public Schools, describes how teachers and other professionals in the school come together to address the emotional needs of children touched by a crisis, helping them stay engaged in school and learning even as they build coping skills to carry forward in their lives.
Has there been a crisis that has touched the lives of your child(ren) – for example, a death of a child or teacher in the school, a natural disaster that has shaken your community’s security, or some other disturbing event? If something happened in your family that affected your child’s emotional stability, how would you go about letting your child’s teacher or other staff know that your child might need some extra attention, encouragement or guidance? Please share you thoughts in our REPLY space!
For tips from NASP on Supporting Children and Youth in Death and Grief, click here.
For tips from NASP on Helping Children Cope with Global Disasters, click here.
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