ERIC Number: ED436034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Responding to Critical Incidents: A Resource Guide for Schools.
British Columbia Dept. of Education, Victoria.
This resource guide is intended to assist schools in developing protocols for responding to critical incidents. It focuses on proactive plans to deal with the traumatic aftereffects of a critical incident which affects some or all of the members of a school community. The guide outlines a generic protocol which includes steps to be undertaken in response to a critical incident and includes materials to help school staff understand and carry out their support functions after a crisis. Information is provided on factors that make an event a critical incident, planning for dealing with emergencies, and setting up response teams. Steps for establishing a critical incident response plan are described and include: (1) gathering the facts; (2) contacting the school district; (3) activating the school team; (4) communicating with staff; (5) setting up counseling centers; (6) talking with students; (7) informing parents; (8) providing funeral information; (9) conducting a team review; and (10) planning remembrance activities. Appendices include information on establishing counseling drop-in centers, guidelines for a grief support group, critical incident stress debriefing, understanding and coping with grief, alternate programs, suicide warning signs and ways to help, and material for parents following a critical incident. A list of related resources is provided. (CR)
Descriptors: Behavior Disorders, Coping, Counseling Services, Elementary Secondary Education, Emergency Programs, Emotional Disturbances, Natural Disasters, Policy Formation, School Policy, School Role, Staff Role, Suicide
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Dept. of Education, Victoria.