How do children grieve? How do schools deal with grieving children?
Teachers in Washington state public schools are not required to be trained to deal with children who have suffered a loss. Our teachers are also not trained to instruct the schoolmates of the child that suffered a loss on how to act toward that child.
Where does this leave children who are grieving? Where does this leave the teachers? A large risk factor for juveniles becoming delinquent is the loss of a parent.
The American Federation of Teachers offers grief training presentations that should be a minimum requirement for all administrators and teachers in Washington. It is imperative that we set a precedent in Washington – for other states to follow – in training our school teachers how to approach students who have suffered a loss.