Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package & Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic (National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, NCSSLE)


Schools play a significant role in supporting the health and well-being of children and youth, including those affected by traumatic experiences. In a trauma-sensitive school, all aspects of the educational environment—from workforce training to engagement with students and families to procedures and policies—are grounded in an understanding of trauma and its impact and are designed to promote resilience for all. 

The Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package offers school and district administrators and staff a framework and roadmap for adopting a trauma-sensitive approach school- or districtwide. The Training Package includes a variety of resources for educating school staff about trauma and trauma-sensitive practices and for providing school leaders with a step-by-step process for implementing a universal, trauma-informed approach using package materials. School and district leaders are encouraged to begin by reviewing the Implementation Guide for an overview of the package components and their intended use.

The Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic webpage by the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) has identified resources to support schools in communicating key information and building a safe, supportive, virtual learning environment. This page includes the category, “Planning for an Appropriate Return to School” that provides districts and schools with several resources to support a return to school.


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