The development of, and support for, student’s social and personal well-being is a critical component of our school programming and school culture.  The Guidance/School counseling program and the Department of Students and Families make student well-being a top priority through, but not limited to:

  • Anti-bullying programming and consultation with students who are bullies or who are bullied
  • Support for the Signs of Suicide program delivered each year to 8th and 10th grade students to screen for students experiencing significant depression or thought of self-injury
  • Individual counseling for students in crisis
  • Coordination with students and families for referral to in-school counseling (school adjustment counselors) or outside service providers
  • Transition services for students returning to school after extended absences
  • Discussion of at-risk behavior and good choice-making during assemblies, presentations, advisory classes, and student/family communication
  • “Wrap-around” and collaborative case management support for students and/or families in crisis through Student Intervention Team

Hurricane Sandy 

The American School Counselor Association has prepared a list of resources for families to help with the devastation and stress of the hurricane.  Many in the FRCS community have family and friends who have been affected.

Helping Children Cope With Natural Disasters

Tips for Helping Kids in Times of Crisis and Stress • Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
• Limit exposure to television and the news.
• Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
• Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
• Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but sometimes bad things happen.
• Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
• Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

Resources to Download

Center for School Mental Health Guide for Dealing With Disasters DOWNLOAD

Sesame Street Hurricane Toolkit Hurricanes, storms and other natural disasters can be difficult for young children who may not fully understand what’s going on around them. These tips, activities and videos can help them feel safe, cope with emotions and understand there is hope for the future. {DOWNLOAD]

After the Storm: A Guide to Help Children Cope with the Psychological Effects of a Hurricane After The Storm contains information, activities and coping strategies to help parents and children cope with their reactions and feelings resulting from a hurricane and its aftermath. The material is designed in an interactive format, with adult and child-specific pages containing information and activities targeted for the intended audience. In some sections, “joint” activities are included to further enhance resilience by encouraging positive coping interactions between children and adults. [DOWNLOAD]

Hurricane Resources From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network [DOWNLOAD]

How to Ride Out a Hurricane Tips for school counselors about helping students cope with feelings associated with natural disasters. In addition, there are links to sites containing specific information for parents and teachers along with classroom activities. [DOWNLOAD]

Hurricane: Guidelines for Parents (Spanish) Guidelines from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for parents to use with their children following a hurricane. Spanish version [DOWNLOAD]

Hurricane: Guidelines for Parents Guidelines from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for parents to help their children after a hurricane.  [DOWNLOAD]

Hurricane: Guidelines for Teachers Guidelines from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for teachers to follow when working with children after a hurricane. hurricanes-teachers.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Windy, Rainy, Stormy, Terrible Night Children’s book by Margaret Jennings exploring emotions during and after a hurricane. The Windy Rainy Stormy Terrible.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Coping With Shelter-In-Place Emergencies Sheltering in place can disrupt our routines and challenge our ability to tend to responsibilities, such as work and caring for loved ones. Understandably, wemay become nervous or uncomfortable when sheltering in place. The following information can help you cope emotionally with this type of emergency. [DOWNLOAD]

Coloring Book This is a disaster preparedness coloring book from the American Red Cross to help students deal with crisis events. [DOWNLOAD]

Helping Children in the Wake of Disaster These guidelines are offered to provide relief workers ways to help children address their concerns and worries arising from displacement, injury, and loss associated with natural disasters. In addition, these guidelines are intended to help relief workers support caregivers to identify and address signs of adjustment difficulties in children, and suggest ways to talk to children about their fears and concerns. [DOWNLOAD]