Yokosuka elementary sets up crisis team
Yokosuka Naval base, Japan Sullivans Elementary School staff met Tuesday after school to set some order into a school environment beset by rumors, official statements, doubts, uncertainties, new information and change -- not to mention earthquakes, tsunami warnings, nuclear reactor failure, elevated radiation levels, and Terra Nova Testing, school media officer Steve Parker writes.
Sullivans teachers already are supporting conservation efforts by holding class by sunlit windows and turning out unneeded lights in the hall. Each morning, most teachers hold class meetings so children can voice concerns and questions. They also review safety procedures and taking advantage of teachable moments as students show up each day even more motivated to learn about earthquakes, tsunamis, and nuclear power stations.
The crisis response team consists of 16 school professionals, including psychologists, teachers, administration, counselors and nurses. The meeting's agenda included setting team roles, reviewing earthquake evacuation procedures, planning for emergency support, updates to the current crisis, ideas for ongoing preparations and listing ideas for counseling support for both teachers and students.
“Not only are we looking to support our kiddos but we want to exert a calming influence on our teachers also,” assistant principal Andrea Mial said.