Principal Suzanne Savall hugs third-grader Noraa Christensen at the start of a recent school day at Otis Orchards Elementary. Savall, teachers and others at the school are using techniques to help mitigate the effects of abuse and other traumatic events on students. They use a morning-greeting routine to watch for children who seem troubled.
April 7, 2013 in Features on Page D1
Yellow buses pull up and open their doors, and children push into the school in waves. Five teachers waiting in the foyer greet them as individuals. Each gets eye contact, …