In the wake of devastation left by Hurricane Harvey, many students and teachers in the Houston area expressed need for specialized support as they head back to school in the Houston area. A recent article by The Christian Science Monitor offers insights gained from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to inform school officials in flooded Texas districts on how to assist displaced students.
According to a study by the Children’s Health Fund, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, students who experience multiple displacements are 4.5 times more likely than their peers to have symptoms consistent with serious emotional disturbance. how schools in Houston are working to ease the back-to-school process for families despite staggered start dates and displaced students.
“To ask that kid [affected by a disaster] to show up ready to learn is a pretty big ask. Adults have a huge responsibility to acknowledge and understand the different psychological, cognitive, and emotional effects of a disaster on students,” says Jessy Cuddy, Director of Culture and Connections at Communities In Schools.
Read more about post-Katrina lessons for Harvey’s returning students here.