Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

Grant Wood AEA has a trained team of experts available to assist schools in times of crisis or traumatic event and to help schools plan for such events. Districts requiring immediate help from the CISM team should contact their Regional Administrator or the CISM Team Coordinator.

CISM Toolbox and Resources for Districts

Sample Letters and Announcements

Sample Announcement - Media

Sample Parent Letter
Sample Letter to Parents - Follow-up Letter
Sample Letter to Parents - When a Murder Has Occurred

Students & Staff
Sample - Script for Teachers
Sample Staff Announcement for Death in a Staff Member's Family
Staff Invitation to Participate in a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
Preplanning Meeting Agenda - Terminal Illness

Additional Website links

The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.

Paying Tribute to Deceased School Community Members An article from the US Department of Education:Emergency Response and Crisis Management (ERCM) Technical Assistance Center provides guidelines to assist schools in decisions regarding memorials.

Indiana Resource Center for Autism- social scripts with pictures that may be helpful in explaining parts of an events. Topics include when a person dies and going to a funeral.

After a Suicide Toolkit for Schools

A toolkit created by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/Suicide Prevention Resource Center Workgroup

Guidelines for Media Reporting on Suicide

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

The Dougy Center: National Center for Grieving Children and Families

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Talking to Your Child about a Suicide Death: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers