Hurricane Harvey Resources for Texas Schools
Hurricane Harvey swept our Texas coast, and as a result, affected 58 counties in the state. Consequently, the daily operations of many districts and schools were negatively impacted as a result of the storm. In order to help districts, school personnel, and students begin the recovery process, the Texas School Safety Center is compiling a list of trusted organizations and timely resources to assist our schools and communities during this difficult phase.
Texas School Safety Center
The Texas School Safety Center’s Severe Weather Toolkit is designed to support schools in recognizing the threat posed by severe weather and to provide guidance regarding how to respond before, during and after a severe weather event. The follwoing link refers to the section of the toolkit that provides resources and information specific to hurricane planning and recovery processes for schools.
Texas Education Agency (TEA)
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is deemed as the central hub for dispersing Hurricane Harvey information for Texas schools. TEA provides information on announcements and correspondence, school nutrition information, resources from the Office of the Attorney General, and Frequently Asked Questions.
Following Hurricane Harvey, many of our school districts along the Texas coast are in the recovery phase even as they work to educate the children in their communities. Working with our regional Education Service Centers in the areas most affected, TEA established a page to connect the many offers of help with those districts that need it most.
Addressing the mental health needs of our school staff, students, and families impacted by Hurricane Harvey is paramount. TEA is working closely with The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and various state and local organizations to identify resources, build sustainable infrastructure and coordinate mental health supports in impacted communities.
Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced the establishment of the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health Supports to mobilize the statewide mental health response in Texas schools impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Texas Association for School Boards (TASB)
TASB recoginizes that this is a time of unprecedented challenge for our state, and they are hearing from many schools how challenging things are in some Texas districts now. To help TASB has gathered some helpful resources that might be useful to schools in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. TASB will continue to add to this list as they identify other ways to assist schools in recovery.
Texas Psychological Association (TPA)
The Texas Psychological Association (TPA) has collected numerous resource links that may be helpful post Hurricane Harvey. The TPA also provides the Harvey Psychologist Finder Resource which is offering up to three counseling sessions at no charge for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Office of the Texas Governor - Texas Hurricane Center
The Texas Hurricane Center operated by the Office of the Texas Governor | Greg Abbott provides numerous resource links and hotlines to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is partnering with other federal agencies, such as FEMA and DHS, to provide resources that ensure continuation of critical services to students, families, and educators. A hotline number and email are provided to answer questions.
On Friday, September 1, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott announced the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will be collaborating with OneStar Foundation to form a relief fund for Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey called the Rebuild Texas Fund. This fund will focus on helping Texans during this time of great need and will address the long-term efforts to rebuild our communities in the years to come.
Terrorism and Disaster Coalition for Child and Family Resilience (TDC4)
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center has received funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to establish the Terrorism and Disaster Coalition for Child and Family Resilience (TDC4), a center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). The center is working with partners across the nation to develop materials and provide training on interventions to support the behavioral health, wellbeing and resilience of children, their families, and our communities in the face of terrorism and disaster. TCD4 is directed by experts with extensive experience using evidence-based practices to train and support children, families, teachers, first responders, and community members impacted by trauma.
Below are other resources that are being provided by the US Dept. of Education and their partners:
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