Deal with Loss
Be as Informed as Possible
With confidentiality requirements, often it can be difficult in our profession to get all of the information and details surrounding a personal event such as a death or accident. Nevertheless, as the teacher of a student experiencing a serious crisis, you do need as much information as you can get in order to be able to best help that student.
Speak to your principal, the school nurse, the guidance counselor, and other professionals in the building who might have information. Make sure that they know you are not seeking gossip, but rather facts so that you can be prepared to help your student. Often other students will have information as well, but be wary of taking what they say as fact.
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