Services for students are continuing in Newtown Schools. Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr John Reed says they've had a number of resources to rely on including the National Child Trauma Stress Network, the Clifford Bears Guidance Center in New Haven, Wellmore Behavioral Health and also Newtown Youth and Families Services.
Reed says the big question will be how to replace that which the federal government has been providing. Before the SERV grant is gone, town and school officials will have to assess what resources need to be maintained. SERV stands for School Emergency Response to Violence. The program provides funding for school districts, colleges and universities that have experienced a significant traumatic event and need resources to respond, recover, and re-establish safe environments for students.
Newtown was awarded $1.3 million by the U.S. Department of Education.
The money was earmarked to financially support both the actions taken by the district immediately following the shootings, as well as the district's comprehensive school-based behavioral and academic recovery program. Those services aim to meet the needs of students, school staff, parents and family members affected by the tragedy and include support groups for parents, siblings, students and teachers; creative expression and wellness activities; counseling; training for educators and school personnel; and additional support staff.