We Need to Think About School Re-Openings in Houston — Now

Yes, Houston is in the midst of a disaster. And, there are emergency response efforts underway. And, apparently, the emergency needs are not ending soon as the rain and flooding continues.

That said, and despite the complexity of the emergency efforts, we need to start planning NOW for the re-opening of schools, which are closed now and are re-opening over the coming days and weeks.

Kids, their parents, teachers and administrators will need help reflecting on and handling what has happened. And, to avoid the loss of the entire school year to trauma reactions and problems with concentration and academic and psycho-social progress, we can’t just re-open the school doors. We need to re-open them in a ways that is sensitive and responsive to the trauma that is occurring to kids of all ages and at all stages.

For some strategies to be deployed, see this new piece which details 3 concrete steps to be taken: http://www.acesconnection.com/blog/houston-schools-closed-what-happens-when-schools-restart

The immediate needs may end (although apparently not that soon) but the longer term needs truly need our attention. They are an emergency too.

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Author, Educator & Commentator; Former President, Southern Vermont College; Former Senior Policy Advisor, US Dept. of Education; Former Law Professor

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