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Readiness, Response, Recovery

When tragedy strikes, the world changes in a heartbeat. The Sandy Hook Columbine Cooperative is a network of people from diverse professions and backgrounds, all of whom have had personal encounters with trauma. We are teachers, researchers, parents, safety officers, therapists—all dedicated to making a difference for those who face the challenge of trauma’s aftermath. We don't promise easy answers or quick fixes. We offer solid resources,“lessons learned” by other survivors, informal social support networks, training, and a central clearinghouse for research and services developed by agencies, organizations, and other nonprofits.
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Readiness, Response, Recovery

A fundamental goal of a school community is to help students learn and thrive. Safety and a sense of security are essential components of a good learning environment. Whenever a situation endangers a school or community—whether it’s a natural disaster or crisis caused by humans—trauma is the likely result. A life-threatening event or one that poses risk of serious injury or loss changes the lives of those who are affected. Let us help you prepare for such events.
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Readiness, Response, Recovery

A traumatic event is a sudden and unexpected occurrence that causes intense fear and may involve a threat or actual physical harm. A traumatic experience may have a profound effect on the physical health, mental health, and development of the student. How students process trauma depends many things, including their age and level of development. By understanding how students experience traumatic events and express their lingering distress, school personnel can better respond and help them after a traumatic time.
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Readiness, Response, Recovery

The immediate goals of school staff after a crisis are to reestablish a sense of safety and to restore the learning environment at the school. The first step is to ensure that the building and grounds are secure and well monitored. The nurturing and responsive culture of the classroom must also be restored, so students and staff can regain a sense of trust and belonging. Instructional practices need to be adjusted to meet students’ changed behavioral and cognitive needs. To achieve these goals, each member of the school community needs to work both individually and as a member of a team to take steps to restore a caring school environment.
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Readiness, Response, Recovery

Schools are generally considered to be safe havens for children and the greatest socializing institutions after the family. However, recent events of natural disaster, in-school violence, chemical spills, terrorism, and threats of pandemic illness demonstrate the need for schools to be prepared for all-hazard crisis possibilities. There are 55 million U.S. children enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, attending 17,000 public school districts and 29,000 private schools. Because children spend a large part of their day in school, educators and school staff are essential in ensuring students’ safety, wellness and recovery, of functioning after a tragedy.
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Readiness

Readiness is the level at which a school is able to respond to a crisis or emergency. Being ready to meet the challenges of returning a school to...

Response

Response requires optimal use of the school's resources and skills to take decisive and effective action when a crisis situation has occurred.

Recovery

Recovery is the process of restoring social and emotional equilibrium in the school community. Recovery does not follow a straight line from start to finish.

About Us

Sandy Hook Columbine Cooperative was born out of tragedy when parents whose children survived school shootings joined together to help schools and communities facing the challenges brought on by trauma. This growing, non-profit foundation is composed of educators, therapists, community leaders, parents, and others dedicated to making a difference for those whose lives are forever changed by traumatic experience.

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