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
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]
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.