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Expect the Unexpected: Preparing for Crises in Schools airs on Mondays in June

Publication Date: Jun 04, 2021

Editors' Note: This story ran in our June newsletter, published June 4.


How can schools prevent crisis events, and under unpredictable circumstances, how can schools respond and encourage student and educator resilience?


Expect the Unexpected: Preparing for Crises in Schools is a webinar series geared toward education professionals, administrators, and stakeholders who are working together to create a school climate that promotes having answers to these questions.


This month, catch us from 12-1 p.m. every Monday for a crash course on an area of crisis response, including creating comprehensive crisis plans, suicide prevention and intervention, and reintegration strategies. The first webinar in this series covers what a crisis event is, why it is important for educators to focus on crisis prevention, intervention, and response despite barriers, and how they can do so using the Five R’s for best practice.


School representatives who are interested in additional support in developing their crisis planning and response are encouraged to join our Learning Community for the 2021-2022 school year. 


Content is tailored to address needs within HHS Region 7 — Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri — but all are welcome to attend. Register using the links below.


Expect the Unexpected: Preparing for Crises in Schools

12-1 p.m. Monday, June 7

Attendees will learn the Five R’s for best practices in school crisis response: readiness, response, recovery, review/evaluate, and resources. Attendees will identify common barriers to implementation of best practices and ways they can incorporate these vital components into their school’s crisis planning.



Developing Comprehensive and Living Crisis Plans

12-1 p.m. Monday, June 14

Attendees will learn how to assess their current crisis planning documents, identify areas for growth, and progress monitor changes made to readiness and response efforts throughout the school year.



What Educators Need to Know: School-Based Suicide Prevention and Intervention 

12-1 p.m. Monday, June 21  

Attendees will learn best practices in school-based suicide prevention and intervention. Attendees will gain knowledge on conducting skillful assessment in their buildings, as well as consultation, communication, and safety planning for suicide intervention. 



What Now? Supporting Students after a Mental Health Crisis 

12-1 p.m. Monday, June 28

Attendees will learn about best practices in reintegration, including supporting students transitioning from a mental health-related crisis back into the school setting. Attendees will gain knowledge on the role of educators in this transition, as well as strategies for implementing this in their school buildings.