After a Crisis, How Can We Help Students?
The US Department of Education considers having a crisis plan a top priority for all schools and emphasizes the significance of having a recovery plan in place. The consequences of a school crisis are felt for a long time after the event. The following are some of the strategies that have been highlighted:
- Examine the event to see what worked and what didn’t.
- Meet with staff to develop an evaluation strategy to track students’ emotional reactions to the situation.
- Implement a support system with counselors to assist students in receiving emotional assistance.
- Allow sufficient time for recovery.
Fortunately, there are now many guidelines, techniques, and case studies accessible on various crisis plans that provide a holistic strategy that focuses on the students’ assistance before, during, and after a crisis. It is the responsibility of a school’s board and administration to develop a plan that works best for their district and their obligation to their staff, students, and community to ensure that everyone is as prepared as possible in the event of a crisis.