When a School Crisis Occurs: What Parents and Stakeholders Want to Know

When a School Crisis Occurs: What Parents and Stakeholders Want to Know

by Helen M. Sharp

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When a School Crisis Occurs: What Parents and Stakeholders Want to Know by Helen M. Sharp

Administrators must respond to parents, students, and stakeholders in the wake of a school crisis in order to inform them, allay fears, and to counteract rumors. Most often, school superintendents, principals, deans, and school security officers seek a concise reference for help in writing messages when a crisis occurs. This book, which includes completed models and sample letter responses, addresses daily issues ranging from bullying to student dropout rates and it offers more than thirty completed documents to work with, to adapt to, and to utilize. Using or reworking the examples provided here will meet the leader's immediate need for appropriate, well-written, and timely communication. For all educational leaders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578864201
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 05/08/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Helen M. Sharp is a freelance education writer, certified school administrator, and former educator. Her writings include more than fifty articles in state and national education publications, including NASSP Bulletin book reviews and two previous co-authored books: The Educator's Writing Handbook and Case Studies for School Leaders: Implementing the ISLLC Standards.

Table of Contents

Introduction     V
The Decision to Respond at Another Time or Not to Respond     1
Consider a District Communication Policy     3
Essential Writing Terms, and Suggestions for Writing Successful, Efficient Messages     5
Illustrations of Terms and Suggestions     9
Appropriate School Apparel     12
Principal's Letter to Stakeholders     15
School Building Safety     17
Sample Letter from Administrator to Parents about School Safety     19
Principal's News Story (Stakeholders' Information)     22
Weather Conditions and Potential Hazards     24
Respect for Adults, as well as for All Other Students     27
Reassignment to Other Schools     29
Some Parents' Concerns Lead to the Desire to Enroll Their Children in Private and Parochial Schools     32
"The Administrator's Focus" (Title of Monthly Feature)     35
Students Who Verbalize Their Beliefs or Evangelize     37
Instructor's Leave of Absence     39
Student Deaths     41
Changes in the Alternative Placement School-within-the-School     43
Superintendent's Internal Bulletin (Bulletin Requesting Information for Stakeholders)     45
Students Who Take Drugs     47
(Sometimes Problematic) Parents     49
Spotlighting School Successes     53
Graduation     55
Superintendent's Letter to Community Members and Teaching Staff     57
Bus Behavior     60
Superintendent's Newspaper Column about Security Officer     62
A Student with a Weapon at School     64
Death of an Elementary Student's Mother     66
Death of an Elementary Student's Older Brother     68
A High School Student's Suicide     70
Potential Student Dropouts     74
A Student Brawl     76
A Building Evacuation     78
A Locker Search     80
A Fact Sheet for Media Representatives     82
Yearly Proms     84
Gangs     87
Are Our Schools Safe?     89
Old(er) Buildings Are Usually More Secure Than New Ones: They Were Built Better     93
About the Author     95

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