Schools are a touchpoint for those coping with stress, trauma and loss.
Schools are the centerpiece of American communities. Every day during the school year, millions of children and staff come together with great hope and great dreams for the years to come. Students cannot easily achieve in a chronically distressed state. That’s why offering school staff and leaders tools and resources to reduce stress and facilitate learning is so important.
Younger children may not understand the concept of death, or they may show their distress in ways that are not easily identifiable. For example, some children may act as if nothing has happened, while others will attempt to take on the role of the deceased sibling.
This type of stress hinders learning, school performance, social development and emotional health. To make matters worse, the most important adults in students’ lives – their parents – are often too devastated and overwhelmed to recognize or understand what their children need. In fact, many parents may even become hyper vigilant about their child’s whereabouts and may limit their school events or after-school activities.