Just seven weeks into 2018, there have been eight shootings at US schools that have resulted in injury or death.
In light of the unthinkable tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Cayer Behavioral Group would like to take a moment to discuss conversation points for parents to have with their child’s teacher regarding their school/classroom safety plan. For those of us who live, breathe, walk and LOVE a child on the spectrum, it is especially important to have an open and honest conversation covering the who, what, where and when of safety.
- How will the school communicate with me in a crisis situation?
- Is there a crisis hotline?
- What is the role of the teacher in the crisis? Will he or she remove my child from the classroom, or do they engage in “lock down” procedures? If they remove my child from the classroom, where do they go? If the policy is to “lock down” the classroom what does that procedure look like and how often is it practiced?
- What other school personnel will be responsible for my child with special needs?
- My child is on medication. How is the medication transported in a crisis situation?
- Has my child had access to community helpers (police, fire and emergency responder men and women) in a non-crisis environment?
- Will my child have an identifier on his or her clothing?
We are hopeful you will utilize the following 7 talking points to begin a necessary conversation with your child’s teacher. It’s unfortunate our world causes us to pause and react to thoughtless violence. At times like this we must remember there is more good in the world than bad. At times like this we must remember we are our child’s protector. Cayer Behavioral Group is hopeful you will find peace in the following quote:
“You protect what you love.” – Jenna Ryan
Cayer Behavioral Group will continue to protect your child and we are exceptionally grateful for the opportunity to work with your sweet kids in our fantastic community. For more information on Cayer Behavioral Group please visit our website at www.cayerbehavioral.com or contact the office at 850.320.6555.
Krista Cayer, MA, BCBA
CEO and Founder, Cayer Behavioral Group
2331 Hansen Court
Tallahassee, FL 32301