When a student’s teacher is unavailable or unavailable for a prolonged period of time, the school’s crisis management system will typically be activated.
The system will help staff and students navigate and make decisions to address the situation.
As a result, school systems across the country are implementing more resource management systems to help with the day-to-day needs of teachers and students.
Here’s what you need in order to prepare your school for the potential impact of a teacher absence.
Develop a Resource Management Plan for Students and TeachersThe resource management plan must be put into place as soon as possible and will be followed by an intervention.
This includes, but is not limited to, the following:Ensure the student’s school resource account is managed appropriately and that the teacher is available to manage their own accounts.
If the student is on a fixed schedule and cannot attend, ask students to take a break.
Instruct the teacher to use a different time or school day.
This may include taking a break at home or using the school gym to go to school.
Educate students about the need for an interventionWhen a student has a parent or guardian who cannot access the school, a parent/guardian must take a leave of absence.
This leave of absences can last up to a day.
The leave must be in place for at least three days, and if more than three days are required, the teacher must take leave.
When a parent is not available to attend, the parent must take an appointment with a crisis intervention counselor.
The counselor will be able to explain to the student why their parent cannot attend and how the parent can be accommodated.
The counselor will ask the student if they feel like the teacher has the ability to help and provide guidance, and the student must indicate that they feel comfortable with the teacher’s intervention.
If the student does not feel comfortable, the counselor will request an alternative option.
Assess the student and their teacher to make sure they understand the needs of the studentThe student and teacher should have a discussion with each other, to make it clear what the student wants and needs.
The student should also have an assessment of how they are being served.
If students are experiencing stress, anxiety or any other issues, they should discuss these issues with their teacher.
If you or your staff have a child in need, talk to the child and ask if they can be on the school resource team.
If a child has not yet been identified, they can contact the Child Safety Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk with a member of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).
The Crisis Intervention team can help with identifying a child and their parent.4.
Make an appointment to talk about the crisisThe crisis intervention team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The team members will help the teacher and student get the support they need and are available to help them.
The crisis team will:Assess the situation, determine if the student or teacher needs support, and discuss the need.
The Crisis intervention team can provide these resources to the teacher in person, by telephone, or by email.5.
Discuss the crisis with the parentIf the child or student needs help, the Crisis intervention coordinator will make an appointment.
This is important because if there is an emergency situation, the student may need immediate help.
The coordinator will give the child the following information to get to the emergency line:The crisis coordinator will:Contact the school to arrange a time to talk.
The Crisis intervention manager will:Make a request for the school resources to be available to students and staff.
If school staff or students have been on leave, the staff member or student can request to speak to the Crisis Manager.
The staff member will:Submit a letter explaining what happened, how they will be dealing with the situation and the resources they will need to support the student.
The student will receive an email response from the Crisis Coordinator.
The child will receive a letter from the school.
The school will also have a resource management team on call for the student who has a crisis.
The team members are:School resource managers are the primary contact for school staff and other students.
The school resource managers will help with scheduling a meeting to address a student or student’s needs, provide information and support, as well as provide support for the crisis.
They are trained in crisis management and can assist students and parents with the school crisis.
The resources provided to the school are used for the safety and wellbeing of the school community and the staff.
If a school system is considering an emergency, it is important to consider how resources will be used to respond to that emergency.
The resource management process is the first step in the process of determining if resources are needed and will inform the school staff as they plan an emergency response.
Resources that can be used:Information:The Crisis Intervention Coordinator will: