‘You Have to Redefine Normal’: Leading Schools in the Aftermath of a Shooting

They share an unfortunate bond—the principals and superintendents of schools and districts where unexpected gunfire shattered their peace and where the names of their schools and communities came to symbolize tragedy.

Columbine. Sandy Hook. And now Parkland.

For schools and district leaders in charge when the unthinkable happens, there is no playbook on how to pick up after the crime scene has been sanitized.

How do you balance attending funerals and consoling students, staff, and parents with trying to reopen a school building?