Gradebook podcast: Resuming school after Irma - another expert's advice
Some private and charter schools returned to classes from Hurricane Irma this week already. Most public school districts are preparing to get back to business on Monday, with teachers assessing their classrooms today. But just as preparing the classroom space isn't something that can happen overnight, neither is resuming the regular classroom routine. It takes a delicate touch, with keen awareness that many people from the youngest student to the most senior employee might have been traumatized by the storm. Today, LSU psychologist Joy Osofsky speaks with reporter Jeff Solochek about some ways to approach the return. Osofsky was central in the post-Katrina efforts to address children's trauma through schools and other community institutions, and closely tracked Irma as it moved through Florida. Please also listen to our recent podcast on the same subject with mental health professional Patti Ezell. And visit the LSU School of Medicine website for the Terrorism and Disaster Coalition for Child and Family Resilience for additional resources.