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Principal's Checklist

  • Met with Crisis Management Team.
  • Designated the Crisis Management Team Leader.
  • Arranged for substitute to assist student's classroom teacher.
  • Instructed a staff member to remove locker contents from deceased student's locker.
  • Designated a counseling support center in building.
  • Met with building staff.
  • Directed staff member to review student's cumulative folder and notify other school principals as needed.
  • Informed students regarding the death.
  • Wrote letter to parents of all students regarding the death.
  • Designated a staff member to collect funeral arrangement information.
  • Informed students/staff regarding funeral arrangements.
  • Directed a staff member to remove student's name from all mailing lists, including the district's central office.
  • Called and/or visited parents.
  • Held mid-day meeting with Crisis Management Team Leader to assess response activities.
  • Contacted clergy who will be conducting funeral services.
  • Held after-school meeting.
  • Met with Crisis Management Team at end of day to review day's activities, review list of "high-risk" students, and plan for next day's activities.

Crisis Management Team Leaders Checklist

  • Listed the teachers and staff who will need extra support because of their closeness, etc. to deceased.
  • Assigned staff member to classroom where assistance by the teacher has been requested.
  • Maintained a list of "high risk" students.
  • Organized the building's counseling efforts including grief group(s).
  • Assisted in identifying students who were absent and "high risk".
  • Recommended to the principal students who (A) needed to go home or (B) needed additional community mental health resources.
  • Reviewed with team all students on "high risk" list and assigned staff member as a case manager.
  • Assisted in organizing staff's role in funeral arrangements including visitation.
  • Met with Crisis Management Team at end of day to update and plan for next day's activities.

Teachers Checklist

  • Attended the all-staff a.m. meeting.
  • If needed, requested a substitute to assist so that I could have individual time to console students, visit with deceased student's parents, etc.
  • Modeled the classroom discussion by sharing with students my feelings and reactions. (or)
  • I felt I could not lead class discussion and informed the principal or Crisis Management Team
  • Leader and requested a team member to lead the discussion.
  • Allowed students to go to counseling support center (sent peer or aide to accompany them.)
  • Kept list of student(s) I thought were "high risk" and gave names to Crisis Management Team Leader during and at the end of the day.
  • Offered colleagues, who were in need of help, any assistance I could give them.
  • Attended after-school staff meeting.
  • If appropriate, attended the visitation and/or funeral.
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