Center for Schools and Communities Director Shileste Overton Morris, Ed.D. will be a featured speaker and panelist at the national “School Safety in the Time of COVID-19” webinar on May 1 at 1 p.m. EST.
COVID-19 required the nation to close school buildings to ensure the safety of students, staff and the larger community. Unfortunately, this important measure has also intensified existing – and created some new – threats to safety.
Organized by the National School Climate Center, the event will reexamine ways to support vulnerable students and families; understand and protect against online bullying, harassment and predatory behaviors; and effectively deal with the ways trauma and stress are manifesting in students, staff and families.
Overton Morris will share ways to recognize and respond to signs of trauma, abuse and neglect in a time where social distancing prevents in-person observation of students in a physical setting; and key strategies and interventions that promote the physical and emotional well-being of students, parents and communities.
She will join other experts offering insights on equitable school climate, bullying and cyberbullying prevention, and family supports and community service integration; and serve as a panelist during the discussion and question and answer session that will address:
- Rules and norms needed to create, affirm or re-visit to promote safety
- How schools and families can recognize, prevent and respond to virtual bullying, harassment and predatory behaviors
- Preventing and addressing COVID-19 racism
- Recognizing and responding to signs of trauma, abuse and neglect in a time where social distancing prevents us from observing students in a physical setting
- Culturally competent and respectful ways to engage with students and families hardest hit by the virus and its economic impacts
- Supporting frontline school personnel with their own trauma and the secondary traumatic stress of caring for students who are most significantly and adversely affected by the virus, social isolation or ostracization, and/or economic hardship
Center for Schools and Communities is a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit.