FERGUSON, Mo. – Schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District are still delayed after days of rioting and clashes with police. Now teachers are being trained on “how to speak to students about incidents” in their city.
Called RISE Training for response, intervention, support and education, approximately 2,000 staff members who work directly with students will receive the training. The training is designed to help recognize what crisis looks like in children of all ages and how to respond to them.
“Board president Rob Chabot says they want to be able to identify any problems students may be having dealing with the tear-gased filled nights,” CBS St. Louis reports.
Chabot says “leftover tear gas canisters on the streets and the fact that some of the district’s school bus routes are located in the area where the protests and looting have taken place” led to the decision to delay the start of the school year.
“We just wanted to make sure that the kids will come, they’re safe and we’re well-prepared, which academically we are. But this additional day that we’re going to receive for the teachers and the counseling I think is critical to welcome them back,” the board president tells CBS.
Chabot says parents and students are ready for the school year to begin.
Days of rioting and clashes with police began when Michael Brown, a black teenager was killed by a police officer. The city became a magnet for radicals and “civil rights” celebrities like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.