A Happy Environment Is Always a Safe Environment

Orange County School District, Orange County, N.C.

Orange County School District in Hillsborough, N.C., works to ensure safe environments by creating a protocol to reduce the psychological effect of traumatic events using the foundation of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). CISM is a method of managing the aftermath of a crisis in a coordinated way for students and employees, and it can also involve local stakeholder agencies in delivering services.

Of the 13 schools in the Orange County district, 4 schools—2 elementary, 1 middle school, and 1 high school—are Healthy School Communities Associate Sites. All Associate Sites have completed the Healthy School Report Card and meet regularly with their core teams to determine how to best strengthen their healthy school community environments. The district also has a Healthy School Communities team to oversee the activities of the Associate Sites.

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