Trauma is not an event itself, but rather a response to a stressful experience in which a person's ability to cope is dramatically undermined. Trauma overwhelms the ability to adapt and generate feelings of hopelessness and terror causing students to react quickly and heighten their stress levels. Trauma will also present with more specific impacts including learning issues, behavioral issues and relational issues.
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64% of our students have an ACES score of 1 or greater (10 categories of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)). This is how we categorize trauma in the lives of our students. So the question remains; how do we support the majority of our students when they have been exposed to trauma?
We need to become a safe and supportive school in which all students and staff feel safe, welcomed and supported!