School Safety and Response Resources

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School Safety and Response Resources

In response to the many questions from charter school leaders across the country regarding how to prepare for and how to respond to a crisis, the National Alliance has collected resources from a variety of sources, which schools may find useful. This web page will be updated as more resources become available such as planned days of actions regarding school safety issues.

The Department of Homeland Security provides a significant number of resources on their website regarding school violence here.

School Walkouts and Days of Actions:

• U.S. Department of Education’s lessons learned from school walkouts and crisis
ACLU’s guide for student walk outs and political speech at schools
National School Board Association (NSBA) legal guide for public schools on the regulation of student and employee speech

Addressing Trauma for Students:

The following resources highlight common reactions to trauma and ways parents and teachers can talk with children about crisis events and violence.

• Resources from the National Association of School Psychologists such as tips for parents/teachers talking to children about gun violence, guidelines for caring for teachers and school personnel after a crisis, best practice considerations for active shooter drills and considerations for administrators as students plan for a walk out.
Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after Mass Violence
Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
Helping School Aged Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
Talking to Children About the Shooting
Helping Children Cope with Tragedy Related Anxiety
Helping Children Deal with Tragedies in Response to School Shootings
Responding to a School Crisis
Talking to Kids about School Safety
Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers and an accompanying infographic

Balancing School Safety and Positive Learning Environment:

• A Toolkit for Educators and Professionals