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"Children carry more between home & school than lunch and a backpack. Working together we can lighten their load." –National Association of School Psychologists

School Violence

Families trust schools to keep their children safe during the day. Thanks to the efforts of millions of teachers, principals, and staff across America, the majority of schools remain safe havens for our nation’s youth. The unfortunate reality is, however, that school districts in this country may be touched either directly or indirectly by violence in their schools.

School districts must be ready to assess any situation that may be potentially dangerous to the school environment.  Having a Threat Assessment process in place is key to ensuring that districts are ready to act in a clear and safe manner.  Students must be aware of clear expectations of appropriate school behavior and have knowledge of consequences.   

Useful Resources

Helpful Links

Adults and Children Together (ACT) Against Violence
The National Center for Children Exposed to Violence

For school-aged children and adolescents, school can be a place where they can resume their “normal” life. It can also pose some difficulties. Because grief often causes difficulty with concentration, schoolwork may become particularly difficult If necessary, talk to the child’s teacher about temporarily decreasing demands, and letting him or her take breaks to go to a counselor, school nurse or some other designated individual. Typically, children will not use this as a “crutch,” as is sometimes feared; they want to be like their peers, and will likely resume a normal workload as soon as they are able. If, after a few months, the child is still having difficulty, talk to his or her teacher, guidance counselor or pediatrician about professional counseling.

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