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Emergency Information

In the Event of an Emergency

Conversations with children can be difficult after senseless tragedies such as what occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  The National Association of School Psychologists notes there are effective ways to talk with students in the aftermath of a traumatic event:

  • create a sense of safety by returning to normal, predictable routines as soon as possible 
  • listen to their concerns and feelings
  • suggest they limit their use of media to lower their stress and to maintain balance and perspective
  • realize that sleep difficulties are common and can lead to fatigue and poor participation.

Below are a list of resources parents and educators may find useful.

Five Tips to Help Children Cope with a National Tragedy

Addressing Grief: Tips for Teachers and Administrators

Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators

National PTA School Safety Resources

Safe Schools Planning by the California Department of Education

Talking to Children About Violence