Resources for Schools to Prepare for and Recover from Crisis

We are devastated by the tragic news from Connecticut. Our hearts and prayers are with the children, families, staff and community impacted by this senseless event.

The Sandy Hook tragedy will require that all system leaders do everything possible to assure their staff, parents, and students that their schools are safe. There are many good resources available to help school districts and parents with this vital task:

National Association of School Psychologists

English: Talking with children about school violence.

Spanish: Talking with children about school violence.

American Counseling Association

Resources from the association of professional counselors.

American School Counselor Association

ASCA has released a series of tips as well as resources and publications for families and communities across the nation.

The American Academy of Pediatrics

AAP Offers Resources to Help Parents, Children and Others Cope in the Aftermath of School Shootings.

University of Minnesota

Talking to Kids About Violence Against Kids

Common Sense Media

           Explaining the News To Our Kids

National School Safety Center

An advocate for safe, secure and peaceful schools worldwide and as a catalyst for the prevention of school crime and violence.

National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center

Provides current information developed by Federal agencies or with Federal support pertaining to youth violence.

U.S. Department of Education

Readiness and Emergency Information for Schools

Creating and Updating School Emergency Management Plans

Emergency Planning. Office of Safe and Healthy Students

Secretary Duncan Hails Sandy Hook Elementary Educators – and Thanks the Nation’s Teachers, School Leaders, and School Staff

National School Safety and Security Services

A consulting firm specializing in school security and school emergency/crisis preparedness training, school security assessments, and school safety consulting for K-12 schools and public safety providers.

NEA Health Information Network: The Crisis Guide

hard copy:
online version:

Veteran Superintendent Seeks Greater Mental Illness Attention Among Youth

Morton Sherman, superintendent in Alexandria, Va., and a 24-year member of AASA, has testified before Congress on the need to serve the needs of mental illness among school-age youth. He addressed the subject in a short guest column about personal experiences for AASA’s School Administrator magazine that he composed during his previous assignment as superintendent in Tenafly, N.J. Sherman also served as superintendent in Cherry Hill, N.J.

In the longer term, school districts will need to review and refresh their own emergency response plans. Two award-winning plans that offer good suggestions can be found at :

Fairfax County Public Schools

Montgomery County Public Schools

AASA will continue to search out and provide our members with helpful crisis planning, communication and response resources.

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