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Tips for Parents of Students who are Experiencing Crisis

When a crisis or tragic event occurs, parents may not know how to help their child. They also may wonder what steps are being taken at their child’s school to help.

Many times when such crisis occurs, the Charleston R-I School District reaches out to community and regional partners to arrange for additional counseling staff to be present in buildings to provide emotional support to students and staff.

Encourage your child to express his or her feelings and listen attentively. Common reactions children experience when reacting to a traumatic event are: restlessness, nervous behavior, trouble concentrating, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, “clingy” behavior, fear of being alone, asking questions over and over again, and remembering previous tragedies and events.

If a child should need immediate support, parents may contact the national suicide and crisis hotline by dialing 988. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Parents may also contact Bootheel Counseling Services during normal business hours at 573-471-0800.

It might also help for parents to contact their child’s teacher, school counselor, or administrative staff: Contact Us.
View the document below for additional tips for parents whose students are experiencing crisis:
Contact Your Child's Counselor
Your child's school counselors are trained in crisis counseling and are typically just a call or click away. 

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Tips for School Faculty and Staff who are Experiencing Crisis

The following resources are available to Charleston R-I School District employees who are experiencing crisis:
- In-district school counselors are available to staff at the building level.
- School health insurance offers counseling services.
- Following an incident, Charleston R-I School District arranges for additional counseling staff to be present in buildings to provide emotional support to students and staff.
- Those needing immediate support may contact the Crisis Line at 1-800-356-5295, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through Bootheel Counseling Services. Contact them during normal business hours at 573-471-0800.
- The Charleston Ministerial Alliance has resources for pastoral care and counseling available upon request.
Local Resources
Bootheel Counseling Services (Sikeston, MO)
  • Office: 573-471-0800
  • Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-800-356-5395
Ferguson Medical Group (Charleston / Sikeston)
  • Counseling Department Direct Line: 573-471-3587
Missouri Delta Medical Center (Charleston / Sikeston)
  • Call for Appointments at Both Locations: 573-481-2320
  • Locations include:
    • Charleston Community Care Center
      1403 East Marshall Street, Charleston, MO
    • Smith Street Clinic
      123 Smith Street, Sikeston, MO

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Updated 2024-03