Miami-Dade school psychologist heads recovery process training for local school leaders

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As we are more than six months out from Hurricane Michael, local school leaders spent their afternoon learning from a South Florida school psychologist.

According to Bay District Schools, Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, provided the district's recovery expert to train local administrators through the recovery process after Hurricane Michael.

Frank Zenere, School Psychologist and District Coordinator of the Crisis Management Program for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, has seen his fair share of disasters, including Hurricane Andrew.

Monday, he gave school administrators tips to share with their own faculty to in turn help students cope with disaster recovery.

Parts of the training included going over what has changed since the hurricane and what good came out of it.

While the emphasis was on making sure students are coping in safe and healthy ways, it was also on ensuring caregivers and teachers are taking care of themselves.

"Make a checklist about what your plans are that day, things that you want to accomplish. At the end of each day, check them off and then look back after several weeks and see all of the things that you have done. You are moving forward, you will get to where you need to go," he said.

Zenare will be in Bay County this week meeting with more school leaders and community partners as our area continues to recover.