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School Crisis Resources

As schools and communities across the United States struggle with how to help students and families cope with the trauma related to mass shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, many educators and professionals have taken it upon themselves to create resources that may be helpful. Below is a list of School Crisis Resources provided by the non-profit National School Climate Center – www.schoolclimate.org

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Responding to a School Crisis; Helping children cope with Secondary Traumatic Stress [PDF]

American Psychological Association How to Talk to Children About Difficult News

National Association of School Psychologists Talking to Children About Violence 

Department of Education Tips for Helping Students Recovering From Traumatic Events[PDF]; Creating Emergency Management Plans [PDF]

Youth.gov Trauma Informed Approaches Includes a webinar on webinar and brief on implementing a trauma-informed approach for youth across service sectors

National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention Trauma, Violence and School Shooting

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Incidents of Mass Violence webpage provides information about who is most at risk for emotional distress from incidents of mass violence and where to find disaster-related resources

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement  Talking to children about terrorist attacks and school and community shootings in the news[PDF]

Schools must also determine how best to respond to the activist awakening among many of their students, who are staging walk-outs in support of anti-gun violence in schools. Below are some resources that may help guide school administrators as they manage organized student protests during their school day. The vetted links are supplied by the national school superintendents’ association (AASA), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the U.S. Department of Education.