Selected elements from the five components of a trauma-sensitive school (school-wide policies and practices; classroom strategies and techniques; collaborations and linkages with mental health; family partnerships; and collaborations and linkages with mental health):
School contains predictable and safe environments that are attentive to transitions and sensory needs.
Discipline policies balance accountability with an understanding of trauma.
Expectations are communicated in clear, concise, and positive ways, and goals for achievement of students affected by trauma are consistent with the rest of the class.
Students' strengths and interests are encouraged and incorporated.
Staff uses a repertoire of skills to actively engage and build relationships with families.
Access exists to trauma-competent services for prevention, intervention, treatment, and crisis intervention.
Staff has regular opportunities for assistance from mental health providers in responding appropriately and confidentially to families.
Download full Trauma Sensitive School Checklist [pdf].