After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools | 6 The Crisis Response Team coordinator is usually the principal. The team coordinator: • • Has overall responsibility throughout the crisis • • Is the central point of contact • • Monitors overall postvention activities throughout the school • • Handles communications with the different groups of people within the school (e.g., administration, staff, students, and parents) and the media Depending on the needs of the school and its Crisis Response Team, the team coordinator may find it helpful to designate a member of the mental health staff to serve as an assistant coordinator for the team. This person assists the coordinator in the following activities: • • Coordinate communication among the staff, students, and community • • Share updates with Crisis Response Team members • • Work with the mental health team to organize safe rooms for students and staff in need of assistance • • Facilitate communication with parents when concerns arise about particular students If an assistant coordinator is designated, that person can also fill in for the coordinator if he or she is not available. If an assistant coordinator is not designated, a back-up coordinator should be assigned by the coordinator for times when the coordinator is not available. Comparison of Roles in This Toolkit and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools This toolkit updates the roles listed in Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools. After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools Crisis Response Team coordinator Suicide Response Team coordinator Assistant coordinator (optional) N/A Back-up coordinator if no assistant coordinator Back-up coordinator Get the Facts A postvention plan should emphasize a single point of contact for information if the school learns of a student death. For example, the school principal would likely be the first person notified when anyone in the school learns of a student death. Although it may not always be possible to immediately determine all of the details about a death, confirming as much factual information as possible before communicating with students is important. Speculation and rumors can exacerbate the emotional upheaval within the school. Time is also of the essence in confirming factual information