Crisis response teams are comprised of school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, and school nurses. The primary purpose of the teams is to support schools, students, and staff members when a crisis occurs. The team focuses on addressing the emotional (mental health) effects that may accompany a traumatic event. Every event is unique and calls for its own individualized attention and consideration regarding its circumstances.
Examples of School Crisis
- Death of a student, a staff member, or a community member whose death affects a significant portion of the school population
- Major environmental crisis, such as a flood or fire
- Situation that involves a threat to the physical safety of students, such as a school bus accident, even in the absence of injuries
- Situation that involves a perceived threat to the emotional well-being of students, such as may be precipitated by hate-crime graffiti or repetitive bomb threats