Psychological First Aid for Schools: Field Operations Guide

The field of school safety and emergency management has evolved significantly over the past decade. Tragically, acts of violence, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks have taught us many lessons. The authors also know that other types of emergencies can impact schools, including medical emergencies, transportation accidents, sports injuries,peer victimization, public health emergencies, and the sudden death of a member of the school community. They
now recognize the need for school emergency management plans that are up-to-date and take an “all-hazards” approach, communication channels that are clear, procedures that effectively reunite parents and caregivers with students, and the value of ongoing training and emergency exercises. The authors have also learned that preparing school administrators, teachers, and school partnering agencies before a critical event is crucial for effective response, and that having intervention models that address the public health, mental health, and psychosocial needs of students and staff is essential to a safe school environment and the resumption of learning.

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