Strategic Reopening Collaborative Toolkit

Attending to Trauma and Mental Health During Re-Entry

An important way to buffer stress for educators is to make sure you have plans for referrals and expert support for evaluations of students who are struggling more than others. ​

We encourage you to work closely with mental health experts in your community to determine what course of action is appropriate for your context. CEI is here to facilitate your efforts; we always emphasize the necessity to seek additional expertise in the field of mental health.

Checkmark iconAddress the potential for increased trauma and/or mental health needs 

  • This moment is profoundly difficult for many. We should expect students and staff to return to learning with feelings and behaviors related to stress, anxiety, grief, and trauma.​

Checkmark iconAssess the wellness needs of students, staff and families

  • Consider using  a self-assessment tool for educators to determine their support of student well-being.​
  • Consider using a self-assessment tool for educators to determine their own resilience and self-care strategies. ​
  • Consider using the Educator Context and Stress Spectrum, which was designed to support teachers and principals in gaining a greater awareness of how their current personal and professional context affects their levels of stress in the time of COVID-19. Although contexts may change from day to day, using this tool carefully can lead to greater appreciation for the challenges at hand and, ideally, can lead to beneficial self-care strategies.

Checkmark iconAdopt strategies to ​create a supportive learning environment

Additional Resources

Trauma-Responsive Schools Toolkit​
COACT Colorado

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators​
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching through Coronavirus​
Teaching Tolerance

5 Essential Trauma Informed Priorities for Remote Learning​
ASCD InService

Trauma Informed School Strategies During COVID-19​
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Planning for Virtual/Distance School Counseling During an Emergency Shutdown​
American School Counselor Association

COVID-19 Stress, Distress & Trauma Series
Neurosequential Network

Coping with Stress
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Helping Children Cope with Emergencies​
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Returning to School After an Emergency or Disaster: Tips to Help Your Students Cope
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Helping Families Cope with COVID-19
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network​

The Coping Skills Toolbox​
Baldwin County Public Schools

Responding to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak through PBIS
Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Reducing Fear and Taking Care of Yourself
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Colorado Crisis Services​

BIMAS-2 Resources​

D6 Greeley Family Center​

More Resources Available on The Hub