In the United States, schools provide a safe and healthy learning environment for approximately 55 million children . Schools are expected to keep children safe every day, but during traumatic events, this objective becomes the primary focus of teachers, administrators, and school staff members.
Reunification is the process of reuniting children with their parents or guardians after an emergency or disastrous event at their school. In these situations, a traditional student release process is unsafe and often lacks the necessary organization. According to the National Association of School Psychologists, the reunification of students with their primary caregivers is crucial for the reestablishment of social support after a traumatic event, and is often the only mental health crisis intervention needed . A reunification plan is part of a comprehensive emergency plan to ensure the safety of the whole school community.
This training is designed to help educational stakeholders develop and implement a school reunification plan. Upon completion of this training, learners will be able to:
• Identify emergency situations that require a reunification plan
• Define terminology associated with a reunification plan
• Define the purpose and components of a reunification plan
• Determine the purpose and components of a response map, and
• Identify the roles required in a reunification plan
Participants should expect to spend approximately 1 hour reviewing the content and resources in this course.
This tuition-free online training was developed by the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2017-CK-WX-K007 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.