School teams gear up for counseling when tragedy strikes

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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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