I was telling you about 3 weeks ago about a program that I followed when I was in school. I present you the second part of that program. I still think that kind of programs should be implemented in our schools.
Prevention and Intervention
We all know the only way to keep our schools safe and our children healthy is to create an environment in which our children feel cared for and connected.
This section encompasses 6 hours on identifying and intervening with students:
- Learn techniques to identify when a child is at-risk and how to approach that child.
- Learn about the “signs” that kids post in their attempt to seek help and what you can do to assist the professionals who can fully address the issues.
- Learn how to quickly gain rapport and test if you have attained it. Once established, you can open the communication channels in ways which were previously unavailable.
- Learn the characteristics of a good disciplinarian and how you can model those traits to improve your disciplinarian skills.
- Utilize the skills you learn to create a school environment that will allow your students to feel safe.
Crisis Planning and Management
When the time comes to enact a School Crisis Plan, you gain a true appreciation for all the pain-staking planning that went into its development.
Chris Arsasi, Assistant Superintendent of Policy and Planning, Cobb County Public Schools, a suburban Georgia, school district, gives you an in-depth look at how his large school system collaborated with a number of outside agencies to develop a strong, well-rounded crisis manual. From suicide hotlines to Columbine-like attacks, Tony walks you through the development of a plan. Understand the reasoning behind the directives they established and how they communicated their plan to faculty and staff, parents, students, community members and outside agencies. Cobb County also provided a copy of their manual as a resource to assist other schools in the development or revision of their manual.
Case Studies of Planning in Action
Learn from those who have had to enact their plans in a variety of ways, from bomb threats, fire drills, death of a student/faculty member, to a full blown crisis exercise.
Learn the importance of establishing a relationship with local law enforcement. Doing this while in the development or review of your plan will increase your local agency’s familiarity with your plan and can greatly assist all involved during a crisis.
Learn about the types of information you should have readily available when the police arrive on your campus.
Learn how providing building blueprints, clearly identified building keys, etc., greatly expedites a police intervention.
Learn about the variety of law enforcement deployments being used and how they impact response to a crisis.
Learn how to manage the incredible mass of people, parents, concerned citizens and the media who appear on your campus as news gets out about the crisis.
Learn how to act as an interim hostage negotiator until the official hostage negotiator arrives on site.
Learn how to survive as a hostage and how to help others survive a hostage situation too.
In many cases, when an incident occurs, it is not over when its over. Learn from people who have assisted schools in handling some of our country’s most horrific school crises and provided the support and services both staff and students need to regain a sense of normalcy. Understand the concept of a “Flight Team” also known as “Rapid Response Team” and the role it plays in managing a crisis and supporting your school community after the crisis. Different events have different outcomes and require different types of support services and aftercare. Learn to identify how to meet the needs of your school community. Learn how to identify and defer students whom you think need counseling. Teachers and administrators shouldn’t feel as though they need to provide counseling services, but need to recognize the signs of someone needing assistance.
The Quick CLICK Personality Assessment
Understanding your own and a student’s personality can greatly impact the effectiveness of your communication. Use the CLICK Personality Assessment to identify your personality to better understand how you respond and react to your environment. Identify a student’s personality to learn how to approach that student. This Assessment offers insight into how to communicate better!