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School Crisis Response Initiative

September 2003
David J. Schonfeld, M.D., and Scott Newgass, M.S.W.


Message From the Director

School-based crisis response teams are equipped to respond to primary, secondary, and tertiary victims of school violence.

The School Crisis Response Initiative's goals include developing a model for crisis response, training staff, and enhancing related community resources.

A Model for School-based Crisis Preparedness and Response
Effective crisis response models anticipate the results of trauma, identify ways to help affected parties, incorporate community resources, and anticipate future needs.

Roles of Crisis Team Members
The responsibilities of all crisis team members are outlined.

Mental Health Triage
To maximize resources, children in need of immediate assistance should be referred to community resources.

Ongoing observation allows crisis team members to identify parties in need of additional assistance.

Establishing Memorials
Memorials should be appropriate and be established only after the affected parties have had time to grieve and adjust.

Enhancing Community Resources
School crisis preparedness plans benefit from the full involvement of various service sectors.

Training Crisis Teams and School Staff
Crisis team members require appropriate training to address student issues and support for their own reactions to crisis.

For More Information

OVC Resource Center: 301-519-5500
Toll-Free: 1-800-851-3420
TTY: 301-947-8374
OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center: 1-866-OVC-TTAC
TTY: 1-866-682-8880


This document was prepared by the Yale University Child Study Center, National Center for Children Exposed to Violence, under grant number 1997-MU-MU-KO21, awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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