BIG NEWS! Ridgedale was one of 7 Knox County schools to be selected to be a Model Trauma Informed School.
Ridgedale was one of 7 Knox County schools to be selected to be a Model Trauma Informed School. In a Trauma Informed School, the adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. Those adults include administrators, teachers, staff and parents. Trauma Informed Schools provide students with clear expectations and communication strategies to guide them through stressful situations. The goal in a model Trauma Informed School is to not only cope with extreme situations but to create an underlying culture of respect and support.
Becoming a model Trauma Informed School aligns with the many practices Ridgedale already has in place. This designation will allow us as a school and community to not only continue, but also increase our system of supports, meeting the social, emotional, academic, and physical needs of every Ridgedale student.
Through the Tennessee Department of Education's Office of Student Support, Ridgedale School will receive high-quality training, resources, and on-going support as they implement trauma informed practices. A team of 5 participated in the initial training and will be working to train all of our staff. Our Trauma Informed Team includes:
Mrs. Kristi Phillips, Assistant Principal
Ms. Carrie Balent, School Counselor
Ms. Courtney Chandler, Restorative Interventionist
Mr. Bill West, Teacher
Ms. Laura Walston, Teacher