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Katy Lee

Team Coordinator



Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

Teams are available to provide immediate assistance to local schools in times of crisis or traumatic events, and to help schools plan for such events. For additional information or to contact the CISM Team.

CISM Team Toolbox

Incident Organization, Consents and Student Tracking Tools

Grant Wood AEA Critical Incident Stress Management Response Checklist.doc
Coverage Template.doc
Consent for Student Participation in a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.doc
Incident Report.doc

Student Contact Sheet.doc
Student Follow-up.doc

Sample Letters and Announcements


Sample Announcement - Media



Sample Parent Letter

Sample Letter to Parents - Follow-up Letter

Sample Letter to Parents - When a Murder Has Occurred


Students & Staff

Sample Announcement to Students & Faculty

Sample - Script for Teachers

Sample Staff Announcement for Death in a Staff Member's Family

Staff Invitation to Participate in a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

Intervention Resources

CISM Debriefing Process Map

Critical Incident Stress Information Sheet

Common Student Grief Reactions
Guiding Elementary-Age Children Through Stress/Trauma
Student Transition Back to School Following a Family Death
Ways Adults Can Manage Stress and Grief Reactions
Ways Teens Can Manage Stress and Grief Reactions


Website links

The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.


Paying Tribute to Deceased School Community Members
An article from the US Department of Education:Emergency Response and Crisis Management (ERCM) Technical Assistance Center provides guidelines to assist schools in decisions regarding memorials.


After a Suicide Toolkit for Schools
A toolkit created by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/Suicide Prevention Resource Center Workgroup


Guidelines for Media Reporting on Suicide


The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide


The Dougy Center:  National Center for Grieving Children and Families


Children’s Grief Education Association:  Navigating Children’s Grief


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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 800-332-8488. Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

ADDRESS: 4401 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
TELEPHONE: 319-399-6700 | 800-332-8488
Fax: 319-399-6457