Updated: Jan 10
From The Marietta Times
More students are facing trauma at home due to a variety of factors.
Instances of abuse, neglect, violence and sexual abuse have increased, as have family deaths and loss of housing. The opioid epidemic has increased the amount of trauma many children see at a very early age, [Cathy Grewe, coordinator of assessment and student services for Wood County Schools, West Virginia] said.
“And yet we expect them to come to school and sit quietly and be good students, and that is just not happening,” Grewe said.
“They are expected to come to school and take off a hat we ourselves wouldn’t necessarily be able to take off and to suddenly be well-behaved students,” said Anna Klosek, safe and healthy student liaison for Wood County Schools. Klosek said students who have suffered trauma often find themselves “in a constant state of fight-or-flight.”
“There is a definite issue with students who are just not able to manage themselves,” Grewe said. “It’s a paradigm shift for educators to look past dealing with the behavior to find out why the behavior is occurring.
“We’re giving the teachers and students the tools to help themselves.”
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