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Suggested Practices


Upon receiving the notification of a child’s exposure to trauma, teachers will observe the child's behavior/academic performance and utilize trauma-sensitive interventions as deemed appropriate.

Intervention Examples: 
  • Homework forgiveness 
  • Allowed to rest at nurse's office 
  • Postponing test 
  • Providing tutoring 
  • Monitoring child's nutritional needs 

If the child exhibits problems (emotional/behavioral/academic/etc.), the teacher should refer the child to the school counselor. 

The school counselor will assess the child's needs to determine if counseling/services are needed and make a recommendation to the parent/guardian. 

 The counselor or social worker will refer the caregiver/child for follow-up services as deemed appropriate. 

The school should attempt to obtain written consent from the parent/guardian for care providers and school staff to communicate about the best interest of the child. ​

School districts are encouraged to provide trauma-sensitive training to all school employees if possible.

Law Enforcement 
Determine whether children are present at the scene. ​

If so, the first responder will use the FOCUS App to submit the following for each child: 
  • Child's name 
  • Date Of Birth 
  • School ​