• Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
  • Limit exposure to television and the news.
  • Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
  • Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
  • Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
  • Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
  • Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

ASCA Position Statement 
The School Counselor and School-Related Gun Violence

ASCA Webinars on Crisis
Effective Crisis/Trauma Response

Counseling Kids in Crisis

Infusing a Caring Climate in Your School

Supporting Students After Crisis and Loss

Suggested Web Sites

American Psychological Association
Managing Traumatic Stress
Building Your Resilience
Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
Helping Your Child Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

American Red Cross
Recovering Emotionally

Coalition to Support Grieving Students
Death and School Crisis
Talking With Children

Department of Education
Tips for Helping Students Recovering From Traumatic Events
Creating Emergency Management Plans
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center

National Association of School Psychologists
Talking to Children About Violence

National PTA
Contains information about “Discussing Hate and Violence with Your Children.”

PBS.org – Talking With Kids About the News
Develop strategies for discussing today’s headlines with chlldren. Learn how to calm their fears and stimulate their minds.

The Child Mind Institute
How to Help Children Cope With Frightening News
Going Back to School After a Tragedy

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Talking to Children about Community Violence

National School Safety Center

Crisis Management Institute

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Office for Victims of Crime

Documents and Publications
Talking to Children About Terrorism and School Shootings in the News

Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff
Guidelines from the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement designed to help school administrators, teachers and crisis team members respond to the needs of students and staff after a loss has affected the school enviroment.

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
Talking to Children About School Shootings

School Crisis Guide: Help and Healing in a Time of Crisis
This guide, published by the National Education Association Health Information Network incorporates lessons learned from Virgnia Tech, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and other tragic events. It provides guidance about preparing for, managing during and recovering from a wide variety of crises.

Scared or Prepared
This ASCA School Counselor magazine article, by noted school safety expert Kenneth Trump, provides information about proactively developing a school security and emergency plan.

By The Numbers
This ASCA School Counselor magazine article breaks down crisis management in the schools into 10 important components, helping educators manage an otherwise overwhelming process. The author, Scott Poland, served on the national crisis teams following school shootings in Littleton, Colo.; Paducah, Ky.; and Red Lake, Minn.

Culturally Competent Crisis Response: Information for Crisis Teams
This document talks about the importance of delivering culturally competent crisis responses in our changing society. Although written for school psychologists, this document provides and excellent resource for school counselors in giving strategies and tips for effective crisis response planning and implementing.

Lessons Learned from the Shootings at Columbine High School
This pamphlet talks about the immediate response and the long-term impact that took place in the wake of the Columbine shootings. It also discusses the human impact of both of these and how positive relationships can mediate the negative effects of this crisis.

National Education Association Crisis Handbook

Kid Peace
Ways to Help Your Child Through Crisis

Help for the Helpers

Help for Caregivers/Parents