Table of Contents Introduction...........................................................................................................................................1 Brief Descriptions of the Toolkit Sections.................................................................................................................3 Crisis Response ....................................................................................................................................4 Mobilize a Crisis Response Team..............................................................................................................................5 Get the Facts ...............................................................................................................................................................6 Share the News with the School Community............................................................................................................8 Address Cultural Diversity..........................................................................................................................................8 Activities for Responding to a Crisis..........................................................................................................................8 Tools for Crisis Response...........................................................................................................................................12 Helping Students Cope.........................................................................................................................13 Key Considerations......................................................................................................................................................14 Schedule Meetings with Students in Small Groups.................................................................................................14 Help Students Identify and Express Their Emotions ...............................................................................................15 Practical Coping Strategies........................................................................................................................................15 Reach Out to Parents..................................................................................................................................................16 Anniversary of the Death.............................................................................................................................................16 Working with the Community................................................................................................................17 Key Considerations......................................................................................................................................................18 Coroner/Medical Examiner.........................................................................................................................................18 Police Department.......................................................................................................................................................18 Local Government.......................................................................................................................................................19 Funeral Director...........................................................................................................................................................19 Faith Community Leaders...........................................................................................................................................19 Mental Health and Health Care..................................................................................................................................20 Outside Postvention Specialists................................................................................................................................20 Building a Community Coalition.................................................................................................................................20 Working with the Media.........................................................................................................................23 Tools for Working with the Media..............................................................................................................................24 Memorialization....................................................................................................................................25 Key Considerations......................................................................................................................................................26 Funerals and Memorial Services................................................................................................................................26 Spontaneous Memorials.............................................................................................................................................27 Online Memorial Pages...............................................................................................................................................28 School Newspapers....................................................................................................................................................29 Events...........................................................................................................................................................................29 Yearbooks.....................................................................................................................................................................30