Situations such as the sudden death of a student or teacher can have a traumatic effect on a school. The first three weeks following an incident is a time of vulnerability for staff and students and may call on all its resources to deal with the event. The key to managing a critical incident is planning. NEPS psychologists report that schools which have developed a Critical Incident Management Plan (CIMP) are able to cope more effectively in the aftermath of an incident. Having a plan enables staff to react quickly and effectively and to maintain a sense of control. It may also ensure that normality returns as soon as possible and that the effects on students and staff are limited.
Please find links to support material from NEPS (National Educational Psychological Service)