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Student Intervention

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Crisis Response

What is a School Crisis?


A school crisis is a sudden, unexpected, or unanticipated critical incident that disrupts the school day.

• A school crisis involves short term turmoil such as shock, confusion and fear.

• Although each student, teacher, parent or other school member experiences each crisis differently, a school crisis can have a broad and immediate impact on many children and adults sufficient to interfere with teaching, learning and behavior


What are common Reactions to a crisis?

  • Cognitive, emotional, behavioral, physical, spiritual.
  • Heightened physiological arousal disturbs concentration.
  • Memory difficulties frustrate retention and retrieval.
  • Dissociate reactions, attention and concentration difficulties.


In collaboration In collaboration with the district administration, the school site administrator/designee determines if there is a need for support from  the Crisis Response Team.  The Crisis Response Team are school staff that are trained in evidenced models that support students, staff and parents gain recovery in the aftermath of the critical incident. 


Crisis Response Brochure

Suicide Prevention

Newport Mesa Unified School District is committed to the health and well-being of all students.   The district acknowledges that students learn best when their social and emotional health is tended to.   In addition, protecting the health and well-being of all students is of utmost importance to our school district. With this in mind, NMUSD offers a number of programs and services that promote student well-being and support suicide prevention.  These programs range from onsite crisis support, referrals to community counseling and training for students and staff.

Each school site has trained professional student support teams that work collaboratively with parents to ensure that social and emotional barriers to student learning are identified and addressed. If your student is experiencing distress or needs assistance with issues of well-being, please contact your child’s counselor or a site administrator.

Resources on youth well-being and suicide prevention can also be found below. 


National Suicide Prevention Hotline     1-800-273 TALK

The Trevor Lifeline                                  1-866-488-7386

Orange County Health Care Agency

Centralized Assessment Team                714-517-6353

Didi Hirsch                                                 714-547-0885     www.didihirsch.org

School Violence Prevention

The Newport Mesa Unified School District is committed to providing a safe, civil and secure school environment. In order to fulfill the District's mission, it is essential that all NMUSD students are able to learn in an environment that is safe and free from acts of intimidation, threats of violence or actual violence.

Each school site has trained professional student support teams that work collaboratively with the student, parents and site to ensure student safety.  NMUSD has established guidelines for assessing and managing threats at schools. The Threat Assessment Team is comprised of an administrator, a mental health professional, and a School Resource Officer.  The role of the multi-disciplinary school Threat Assessment Team is to gather information and assess whether an individual poses a risk of violence at school and to develop an action plan to mitigate that risk.

Contact Us

Phil D'Agostino, Ed.D,

Director of Student and Community Services

Office:  714-424-5016


Angela Castellanos, PPSC, LCSW

Coordinator, Mental Health and Outreach Services

Office:   714-424-6738


Rosy Amezcua,

Administrative Assistant

Office:  714-424-5016