For many, our schools are the central organizing factor of social and family life, looked to to help make some sense of tragedies when they occur. Whatever your school can do in terms of acknowledging the difficulty of the moment, expressing empathy and grief for the victims, reassuring children that they are safe, and helping everyone eventually to get back to normal routines is a critical role you have to play.
You can help your students by providing resources and guidance to help their parents over the next few days. School counselors, for instance, recommend limiting young children’s exposure to media coverage of a shooting, but listening to and supporting children of all ages if they want to talk about the tragedy. Resources listed below offer more detail.
Resources About Helping Children Cope with Tragedy
Crisis Management Resources