Handle With Care for Schools

  • When a child is exposed to violence or trauma, a law enforcement officer or CPS worker will contact the identified school personnel (superintendent’s designee) who will take the initial information (Handle With Care Notice).
  • The superintendent’s designee will then ensure notification is provided to appropriate school principals, nurses, guidance counselors/social workers, School Resource Officers, Registrars, and teacher(s).
  • Teachers will observe child’s behavior/academic performance and utilize trauma sensitive interventions as appropriate.
  • If child exhibits problems (emotional, behavioral, academic, physical, etc.), the teacher will refer the child to the school guidance counselors/social workers or nurse.
  • The school counselor will assess the child’s needs and determine if counseling/services are needed and make a recommendation.
  • The counselor or social worker will refer the caregiver/child for follow-up services as deemed appropriate.
  • The school will attempt to obtain written consent from the parent/guardian for care providers and school staff to communicate about the best interest of the child.
  • School to provide trauma sensitive training to ALL school employees. A process will be developed to alert appropriate school staff of the child’s exposure to violence.
  • School to provide space for law enforcement desensitization process.
  • School to provide space (if available) for specialized trauma therapist.

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