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handle with care logoAdverse Childhood Experiences


Helping Traumatized Children Learn and Succeed

Police officers are trained to note whether a child was present during a traumatic incident.

Officers then determine what school the child attends and files a “handle with care” notice with that school.

In other cases, a parent or caregiver may alert the school that something is going on at home, such as a parent’s impending military deployment, or the death of an extended family member.

The one-page form doesn’t provide details about what happened but simply lets the school know that something happened that potentially could effect the child’s ability to learn, and that the student may need extra attention.