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Developing Trauma Informed Schools

Under Tenet 5 of the District Comprehensive Education Plan (DCIP), the Office of Pupil Personnel Service is leading the development and implementation of pro-social curriculum to support social and emotional developmental health of students.   This work includes developing and implementing trauma informed schools.

Becoming a trauma sensitive school district can be described as an organizational change process in which the prevalence of trauma and adversity in all members of the organization is recognized and an attempt is made to instill values within the organization so that everyone who comes in contact feels safe.  

In a trauma sensitive school, there is not only an understanding that students have to feel safe to learn but teachers also have to feel safe to teach.  

Our work is to ensure that adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress.  Adults include administrators, teachers, staff, parents and law enforcement.  In addition, students are provided with clear expectations and communication strategies to guide them through stressful situations.  Our efforts will include providing tools to cope with extreme situations but to create and underlying culture of respect and support.

Education and training is underway.  

In June 2017, a team of SCSD staff attended conference in St. Louis that was centered on trauma sensitive schools.   More than 100 district staff participated in a three-day summer training institute in July 2017.

Daily Gazette Article  (July 20 2017)

Each school in the district is developing a building-based plan which will support the district wide plan.

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