Staff: Back to School Resources

A group of elementary school students pose together with a teacher and a sign that reads 'back to school'

The following considerations may prove helpful to staff as you plan and prepare for students returning to the classroom: 

Consider School Safety Strategies

Implementing restorative practices or social-emotional learning curriculums can help support student well-being and relationships.

Build a Culture of Faculty and Staff Compassion Resilience

Building personal resilience is an important first step in supporting the mental and emotional well-being of students. Section 3 of the Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Toolkit discusses ways to address compassion fatigue and burnout. 

Develop and Sustain School Environments That Foster Safety and Learning

One strategy that helps identify wellness or safety concerns and will help to maintain a safe community is the bystander reporting toolkit.

Keep Communication Lines Open with Caregivers and the Community

The Fostering Family Engagement On-Demand webinar offers guidance on forging these partnerships with caregivers and the community. The School Safety Communications Planning Guide provides tips and resources for communicating with your school community. 


  • Carolyn Seiger (Instructional Designer, National Center for School Safety)
  • Sarah Stilwell, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Center for School Safety) 
  • Erin Wyatt (Marketing Communications Specialist, National Center for School Safety)
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Topic Areas

School Climate, Threat Assessment

Crisis Timeline

Prevention Planning


School Personnel

Toolkits & Guides