Handle With Care for Schools

 

  • When a child is exposed to violence or trauma, a law enforcement officer will contact the identified school personnel (superintendent’s office, principal or counselor) who will take the initial information (Handle With Care Notice).
  • The superintendent’s office, principal or counselor will then ensure notification is provided to appropriate teacher(s).
  • Teachers will observe child’s behavior/academic performance and utilize trauma sensitive interventions as appropriate.
  • If child exhibits problems (emotional/behavioral/academic, etc.), the teacher will refer the child to the school counselor.
  • The school counselor will assess the child’s needs to determine if counseling/services are needed and make a recommendation to the parent/guardian.
  • The counselor or social worker will refer the caregiver/child for follow-up services as deemed appropriate.
  • The school will attempt to obtain written consent from the parent/guardian for care providers and school staff to communicate about the best interest of the child.
  • School to provide trauma sensitive training to ALL school employees within a year. A process will be developed to alert appropriate school staff of the child’s exposure to violence.
  • School to provide space for law enforcement desensitization process as needed.
  • School to provide space for specialized trauma therapist as needed.
  • School to designate appropriate staff to attend Handle With Care Core Team Meeting.
  • At least quarterly, key HWC stakeholders will review and evaluate HWC at Core Team Meetings and any pertinent data in order to make recommendations for improvement as necessary.
    • Law Enforcement
    • School
    • Advocates
    • Counselors
    • Case workers
    • Community partners
    • Parents
    • Others

The Core Team will assess the following to determine the effectiveness of HWC: academic achievements; truancies; and disciplinary reports. The meeting will not focus on specific cases.