COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Teams that counsel students when tragedy strikes classmates and teachers have been busy in Columbus schools recently.
The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2fWnI0N ) the district deployed the teams 17 times last school year and several times again this year.
The district sent in a team in October when a drive-by shooting wounded two boys, ages 12 and 15, outside Linden-McKinley STEM Academy.
Cheryl Ward, the district’s director of student and family engagement, calls on about 120 school counselors and 27 social workers to put together a response team, which can consist of up to 20 people.
Suburban schools also have teams but use them less frequently.
Central Ohio’s Olentangy schools call teams in once or twice a year, about the same for the six-member crisis-response team used by Westerville schools.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com
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