Additional Resources

Guides & Policies

Participation of Children and Adolescents in Live Crisis Drills and Exercises

Policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Includes considerations regarding live active shooter drills in schools.

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Virtual Memorials During the COVID-19 Pandemic

These guidelines for school administrators and other educators review considerations for appropriate standards and practices for hosting virtual memorials online during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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Talking to Kids about Tragedies (Such as Shootings and Terror Attacks) in the News

This guide offers insight and suggestions for how to handle talking to children in relation to tragic events, such as shootings and terrorist attacks, that they are likely to hear about at school and/or on the news).

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Grief Support for Children with Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Guidelines on the how to anticipate and address the distinctive challenges faced by grieving children with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

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Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff

Guidelines to help school teams respond to the needs of students and staff after a loss has impacted the school community. From the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

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Guidelines for Responding to a Death by Suicide

Guidelines to help school teams respond to the needs of students and staff after a suicide has impacted the school community. From the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

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Guide: School Mental Health Crisis Leadership Lessons: Voices of Experience from Leaders in the Pacific Southwest Region

Developed by the Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center with input from the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

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Guidelines for Grief Over the Holidays

Teachers and school staff are uniquely poised to observe grief responses over time and can take steps to anticipate challenges. The support and understanding that educators offer grieving students over the holidays can be especially helpful. From the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

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Guidelines for Student Commemoration

These guidelines outline considerations and recommendations related to the reading of names at graduation ceremonies, awarding posthumous diplomas, and posting of photographs or tributes in school yearbooks of members of the school community who have died. From the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

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Guidelines: Communicating with the Family After a Student Has Died

Guidelines for schools on communicating with family members after a student has died.

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Booklet: Supporting Our Students

Developed by the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, this booklet offers advice to educators on how to support grieving students and how classmates can help.

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Back-to-School Considerations

Guidance on supporting students through transitions that may be tough for kids. From the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

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Guidelines: Ambiguous Loss

Guidelines for recognizing and supporting ambiguous loss. From the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

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Considerations for Educators on Halloween

This guideline highlights considerations for educators during a season in which children and teens, some who may be grieving, encounter themes of death (see also Considerations for Educators on Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)

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Considerations for Educators on Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)

This guideline highlights considerations for educators during a season in which children and teens, some who may be grieving, encounter themes of death (see also Considerations for Educators on Halloween)