Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff
National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
These guidelines are designed to help school administrators, teachers, and crisis team members respond to the needs of students and staff after a loss has impacted the school environment, such as after the death of a student or staff member or when deaths occur that affect many people in the community. These guidelines are not intended to provide guidance on clinical care or bereavement counseling and are not intended to address personal losses that impact only one or a few members of the school community.
From the site: When a tragedy occurs in a school or in a student’s private life, the school counselor must step in with appropriate activities that address the student’s emotional state. Activities for dealing with grief and loss should be handled with exceptional empathy and understanding for the student or students involved. Consider the age level and emotional maturity of your students when planning activities to address grief and loss.
From the National Association of School Psychologists, this article discusses what schools can do to provide support for students who are experiencing grief. It also includes information on normal signs of grief and indications that more help for a student may be needed.
Provides general information on grief, as well as specific information on what schools can do.
Working with Grieving Students (PPT)
Presentation by Kate Casey, who was a Masters student in the Counseling and Mental Health program at the University of Arizona for school counselor.