Response and Resiliency

Over the past couple of years, our nation's schools have experienced unspeakable tragedies, including the heartbreaking and savage attacks on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and on February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. To successfully recover from such tragedies, it is critical that schools build a safe and supportive learning environment that develops students' protective factors before a crisis occurs and maintain and build the learning environment after a crisis has occurred.

Assistance and support in responding and building resiliency within safe learning environments before and after a crisis are available at the following suggested links to resources for school staff and administrators, families, and children:

For information and resources on developing emergency management plans and for supporting efforts of local education agencies and institutions of higher education, go to

For information on coping with violence and traumatic events, go to

For information on building trauma-sensitive schools, go to


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