District and police partner to support
students exposed to trauma
ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov.
30, 2017) –
City School District of Albany and the Albany Police Department on
Thursday announced a new program to help students that experience a
traumatic event outside of school.
“Handle with Care will bridge the gap between what happens at home and
at school,” said Albany School Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams at a news
conference at Albany High School.
"The key to the program is communication that will take place between
the police and our school district after police identify a child at the
scene of a traumatic event at home or in the community."
said information from police will allow schools to be attuned to those
vulnerable students, offering them help if and when they need it. She
thanked the police for their
willingness to partner on the program, which goes
into effect on Dec. 4.
Here's how Handle with Care will work:
Albany police encounter a situation involving a school-age child
exposed to or part of a traumatic event, the department will notify
the school district’s Office of Pupil Personnel Services the next
The police department will generate an email, including the name of
the child involved, along with his or her date of birth.Pupil
Personnel will identify the child’s school and will email the school
team with an immediate alert that the child should be “handled with
The school will monitor the child’s behavior, identify the
appropriate staff member to serve as a contact person if atypical
behaviors are displayed and provide support as needed.
The school will continue to monitor behaviors requiring additional
support and refer the child to services within the school or
community as needed.
This could include a variety of tiered interventions: check in/check
out, mentoring, lunch group, social skills group, counseling and/or
a referral to prevention services, if appropriate.
Pupil Personnel will maintain contact with the police department and
collect required data.
"Studies show that witnessing events resulting in a police presence
can be especially traumatic for children," said Albany Mayor Kathy
Sheehan, who also attended the news conference. "The Handle with Care
program ensures resources are made available to students who are exposed
to traumatic situations, and that those students are not reprimanded
unfairly for how they respond as they process what they have witnessed.
Thank you to the City School District of Albany and the Albany Police
Department for their dedication to improving the well-being of our
Added Acting Albany Police
Chief Robert Sears: “During the course of our duties we often come upon
children who are witnessing violence. We also recognize that at times
our interventions add to children’s trauma along with whatever brought
about police presence. A child’s response to this trauma may take many
forms and we want to ensure that our youth are not unfairly disciplined
as a result of their reaction, but instead offered appropriate support
The Handle with Care
Promotes safe and supportive homes
Supports schools and
communities that protect
Assists traumatized children as they heal
Creates school-community partnerships
Ensures that children exposed to trauma
receive appropriate interventions
Helps students to succeed in school
“Handle with Care is an
important first step in our goal of becoming a trauma-informed school
district” said Kerri Canzone-Ball, Ed.D., the school district’s director
of Pupil Personnel Services. “The program offers us a chance to be more
aware of students who may be struggling, and make available a variety of
resources within our buildings and the community.”
The mission of the City School
District of Albany is to work in partnership with our diverse
community to engage every learner in a robust educational program
designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for success. The
district serves nearly 9,700 students in 18 elementary, middle and high
schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes
several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative
academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany