The management of a school disaster

Horst Gunther Graefe, Fordham University


Schools must plan and develop effective response guidelines to disasters. This case study reviewed the steps one school district pursued in responding to a local disaster that injured and killed children in school.^ The long-term response plan was based on the posttraumatic research that suggests that the normal grieving process can be hindered by a traumatic event. If the trauma remains unresolved, psychosomatic and mental health problems can develop that interfere with normal everyday individual and group functions.^ The results suggest that schools can effectively develop and implement a program that focuses on the therapeutic needs of the school community.^ The guidelines that were developed encompass additional response measures focusing on such central office matters as: physical plant needs, insurance coverage, community and staff relations, and dealing with the media. ^

Subject Area

Educational administration|Educational psychology

Recommended Citation

Graefe, Horst Gunther, "The management of a school disaster" (1992). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI9304515.