There are no words to mitigate the grief of the latest horrific school shooting that took place yesterday in Uvalde, Texas, taking the lives of 19 elementary children and 2 teachers.
We cannot begin to understand the pain that Uvalde community is experiencing and our thoughts and prayers remain with them during this time. Additionally, we also recognize that tragedies like this impact all schools and communities, and that the physical and emotional safety of our children must remain the highest priority in our schools.
As you and your communities struggle to come to terms with this and related school violence here are some resources that may help in this process. The American School Counselor Association has put together a comprehensive list of resources that can be found here: After a School Shooting Resources - American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and are also outlined below.
National Center for School Crisis and BereavementGuidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School StaffTalking to Children About School ShootingsTalking to Children About Terrorist Attacks and School and Community Shootings in the NewsNational Education Association: School Crisis Guide
National Association of School Psychologists: Culturally Competent Crisis Response: Information for Crisis Teams
National Association of School Boards of Education: Student Safety and Wellness
Kid Peace: Ways to Help Your Child Through Crisis
Perceptions of School Counselors Surviving a School Shooting
School Shootings and Counselor Leadership: Four Lessons from the Field
American Psychological AssociationManaging Traumatic StressBuilding Your ResilienceManaging Your Distress in the Aftermath of a ShootingHelping Your Child Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
American Red Cross: Recovering Emotionally
Coalition to Support Grieving Students (videos)Death and School CrisisTalking With Children
Department of EducationTips for Helping Students Recovering From Traumatic EventsCreating Emergency Management PlansReadiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance CenterPractical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities
National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About Violence
National PTA: Discussing Hate and Violence with Your ChildrenThe Child Mind InstituteHow to Help Children Cope With Frightening NewsGoing Back to School After a TragedyAmerican Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Talking to Children about Community Violence
National School Safety CenterNational Child Traumatic Stress NetworkThe National Center for Post Traumatic Stress DisorderThe Office for Victims of Crime
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