At Samsel Upper Elementary School, in response to Hurricane Sandy:
1. Individual counseling for students that were displaced due to the storm.
2. Individual/small group counseling for students to discuss their experiences.
3. Provided resources for faculty/staff as needed with regards to helping students and their own families through this traumatic event.
4. Provided outside counseling resources/ materials for family and community as needed/requested.
Our School Psychologist, Denise Steiner, PHD. also provided services and the “Giving Tree” holiday gift giving was spear-headed by our Principal, Stacey Maher, and was implemented by Adina O’Neill and Colleen Yuhas, teachers from the Samsel Upper Elementary School.
SUES School Counselor
Middle School Counselors and Child Study Team members attended a PTO meeting as “featured speakers. They discussed “Tips for Talking to your Kids”, Emergency Plans for the family, and an emergency supply list. They also gave out the handouts and posted the information on the school’s website.
When we returned to school after the storm, they also did unofficial visits to the classrooms and cafeteria, during all lunches. They did check-ins w/kids to see how they were holding up without power, services, etc. and asked if they needed anything. We have a few transfer students from an area that was heavily hit (likely to be here all year).
Tiffany M. Goodson
Supervisor of Guidance & School Counseling, K-12
Metuchen Public Schools