Reactions and responses to a crisis are both immediate and long term and may be observed for months or even years after an event. Both children and adults in a school community will have immediate and long-term reactions and responses to a crisis, including grief. A school-based crisis intervention team is particularly well suited to monitor the adjustment of students and staff members for an extended period of time. Ongoing observation by the school-based crisis intervention team allows team members to identify individuals who are in need of further services so they can be referred to community resources. The team may also recognize common needs of students and staff that can be addressed by establishing support groups in the school.

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School Crisis Response Initiative
September 2003