Remembering Sandy Hook: Providing Grief and Crisis Support

Today marks the three-year anniversary since the unthinkable happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. AFSA pauses to remember and honor the 20 students and six adults, including Principal Dawn Hochsprung, an AFSA member, who tragically lost their lives that day.

AFSA is proud to be a founding partner, along with several other leading national education organizations, of the Coalition to Support Grieving Students. The coalition was formed to create resources and materials to assist those dealing with crisis and bereavement, and also to create grievingstudents.org, a groundbreaking, practitioner-oriented website designed to provide educators with the information, insights, and practical advice they need to better understand and meet the needs of the millions of grieving kids in America’s classrooms.

Recently, AFSA sponsored bereavement training for the St. Louis Public Schools administrators and staff on Dec. 10, 2015. Leading the training was Dr. David Schonfeld, Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, Dominick Nigro, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement Board Member, and Dr. Anthony Salvatore, former administrator from Newtown, CT. AFSA plans to sponsor future trainings in Baltimore and other major cities. You can read more about the event here: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/former-administrator-at-sandy-hook-shares-crisis-advice-with-st/article_77f14521-a438-5799-94e2-49ae1fd21bdf.html

AFSA remains sincerely committed to helping our members and other educators build the insight and knowledge they need to make school an even more caring and beneficial environment for bereaved students, their parents and caregivers. It is our hope, that by helping others to better prepare, respond and grieve with traumatic events, that we are honoring those that lost their lives at Sandy Hook and in other tragic events.

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