Louisiana teachers would be required to attend trauma training under this advancing bill

Published: May 18, 2021

By: Emily Wood | LSU Manship School News Service

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Light from the setting sun illuminates the top of the Louisiana State Capitol Wednesday evening, May 5, 2021, as the light dances across the skyline in downtown Baton Rouge, La.STAFF PHOTO BY HILARY SCHEINUK

Legislation to mandate trauma training for all Louisiana public school teachers, counselors and administrators passed through the House Education Committee Tuesday.

The bill, Senate Bill 211, would require training to recognize the signs and symptoms of traumatic childhood experiences and how to address student needs resulting from the experiences.

“Kids sit in an abusive household for years, and most of the time it is only when an educator or someone outside the home recognizes it,” said bill author Sen. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe.

The Louisiana Department of Health would offer the training. It would be held during regular training days for teachers and administrators.

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