Back to school: Trauma experts to help Edgecumbe pupils
Edgecumbe Primary and Edgecumbe College will be open on Monday to start the new school term along with schools around the country.
The schools were busy last week organising bus services for pupils, many of whom are still displaced by the flood in the riverside town earlier this month.
The two schools have a combined roll of about 500 students.
The Ministry of Education will send trauma experts into Edgecumbe to counsel staff and students affected by the floods.
"It's very important that the children and their parents and the whole community are kind to one another, and realise that it is alright to feel whatever you're feeling, that this will be a process people will have to work through," says Mental Health Foundation CEO Shaun Robinson.
"Specific trauma counselling and support in the schools will help a lot with those children, and hopefully prevent some of the worst outcomes."
The new school term starts around the country on Monday with reminders to drive carefully near schools.
"Historically, we have seen an increase in crashes and 'near misses' over this period so we'll be actively patrolling school zones and paying particular attention to speed," says Constable Jason Gordon in Southland.
There will be a 4km/h tolerance in place in school zones, 250m either side of a school boundary, and this will be strictly enforced.
An annoncement is also being made later on Monday morning about funding for flood-affected families.
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