The UCLA Center for MH in Schools & Student/Learning Support has provided resources for responding after school violence in response to requests from schools across the country. With few days left this school year, the focus at schools will be on supporting students, their families, and staff and enhancing safety at school. As a result, UCLA has provided some resources from the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to help:

Responding to a Mass Casualty Event at a School: General Guidance for the First Stage of Recovery at
Responding to School Violence: Tips for Administrators at:
Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators at:
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers at:
From San Diego County Office of Education — Resources for Educators, Families to Discuss School Shootings at:
For more, see the UCLA Center’s Responding to a Crisis at:

It is time to turn attention to improving future responses and taking steps that can help prevent problems. Here are some things to do:

  1. Review and improve Crisis Response and Prevention Plans. See:
    What are good follow‑up plans for schools after a crisis event?
    “Crises Assistance and Prevention” (Chapter 17 in Embedding Mental Health as Schools Change
  2. Move on to plan improvements in the system of student/learning supports for the district and its schools: