(LAKEWOOD, Colo.) – The Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) will host a free, virtual two-day Safe Schools Summit on October 21 and 22, 2021.
The summit will feature 24 presentations on a variety of topics related to the safety and wellness of students, including trauma, substance use, relationship abuse, bullying, resilience, and physical, mental, and sexual health. The event will feature special guest Dr. David Schonfeld, Executive Director of the School Crisis & Bereavement Center, who is a national expert on grief and who will present on how to help children who are grieving.
“Fall has such strong associations with seasonal traditions: back-to-school, homecoming, pumpkin-spice-everything, Halloween. We had hoped that fall would be a return to normal, but instead our country is in the midst of a fifth wave of the pandemic. Many students in Colorado schools are grieving - the loss of loved ones and members of their community; the loss of rites of passage that they’d hoped to enjoy; the loss of a carefree school environment unburdened by life-threatening fears,” said CSSRC Director Christine Harms. “We are honored to have Dr. Schonfeld share his expertise on helping children cope with grief and I believe this content will be timely and useful for anyone who works with children.”
A plenary session addressing the perceptions and reality of youth substance use will anchor day two of the summit.
The 2021 Colorado Safe Schools Summit is open to and encouraged for anyone who works with school-aged youth, including teachers, administrators, School Resource Officers and safety staff, wellness staff, and parents.