Strategies

  • Students may have specific questions about what is being done to keep them safe. Discuss your school’s safety plan and answer questions.
  • Older children are more knowledgeable about bad things that can happen—so it’s crucial to focus on steps the teacher will take to keep them safe (and again, to stress that events are rare
  • Students may have consumed large quantities of media about school violence—some of it graphic. One of the most valuable things a teacher can do is to listen and help them sort out fears they bring up
  • Ideas for Student Civic Action in a Time of Social Uncertainty: A five-step process for giving students agency in taking on problems they see in their own communities and in the world — and learning to be responsible citizens along the way.