CRISIS SUPPORT TEAM MISSION STATEMENT
To sustain SPPS’s learning environment for students, staff, and schools by providing a safe and caring environment following a traumatic incident.
The Crisis Response Team consists of around 50 trained professionals, all who work for the Saint Paul Public School system. The team is comprised of school counselors, social workers and nurses. All Crisis Response Team members are volunteers who have received special training in crisis management and interventions and who have the experience necessary to assist school staff with crisis management.
When a crisis call comes in, the team coordinator assembles the crisis team by matching the need of the school with specific team member's strengths. A response is generally one day in length with the goal being to support the school administration, staff and students.
Some of the functions of the Crisis Response Team are to:
- Assist building administration in crisis management procedures
- Provide safe rooms for students and or staff
- Monitor and counsel students/staff in need
- Fill in for building staff so they can deal with the crisis
- Make referrals and network with the community
- Follow up by contacting parents, etc.
- Attends to small details so building staff can handle critical items
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