Provide Human Resources support

Staff will require ongoing long and short term support after a major incident. Your Human Resources Department will play a critical role in communicating the availability of support services to staff.

Tips:

  • Employee Assistance Programs - Many districts have EAPs in place that provide counseling and support services to staff. Informing staff of the services available is a good first start after an emergency.

  • County victim witness program. This program provides funding for anyone who is victim of a crime to for counseling services.

  • Workers compensation services.

  • Consider that staff may require short and long term relief. Think through how to provide large numbers of substitutes, including classified,  certificated, and management. Substitute should be ready to plug in when needed.

  • Reassignment of staff may be a consideration, for staff and teachers who need to change sites due to mental health reasons. Sometimes returning to a place of trauma may be too much for some staff members.

  • Flexible scheduling for staff may be a consideration. Be flexible with staff and teachers who are unable to work for an entire school day due to mental health-related reasons.

  • Benefits for survivors and/or family of the deceased will need to be considered in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy. Work with your insurance company as quickly as possible.

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