School Counselor Resources for Refugee School Impact Program

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if there are any refugee students at my school?

A query is available in Infinite Campus. Please follow the following path:

Ad Hoc Reporting > Filter Designer > SCH-ES/HS/MS Counselor > student GC-Refugee Students Active Only

Examples of Supports Available

  • Interpretation support for communication with parents/students (i.e.: parent/teacher conferences, meetings, parent contacts….). Meet our interpreters
  • Assistance with native language assessment. Students can earn up to five elective credits and may qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation. More information
  • Assistance with the cost of credit retrieval (Adult-ed concurrent, dual enrollment, credit-by-exam…)
  • Assistance with summer school fees
  • Assistance with school-related supplies, PE uniform, caps and gowns
  • Assistance with bus passes for school-related activities
  • Assistance with the development of site-based programs supporting the socio-emotional needs of newcomer students.
  • Other types of supports are available. Please contact our office (702)799-2137 if you have any questions.

Red Cross Reconnecting Families

The American Red Cross helps reconnect loved ones when:

  • Families are separated internationally as a result of conflict, disaster, migration or other humanitarian emergency.
  • Families have already tried normal channels of communication to reconnect.
  • The family member making the inquiry is able to provide essential information on the sought person.
  • The family member making the inquiry is a relative who had been in direct contact with the sought person before the crisis occurred.

National Helpline 844-782-9441

Guides/Reports, Webinars, and Websites

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Guide: Refugee Education & Schools Promoting Empowerment & Culture of Tolerance
Walking Together: A Mental Health Therapist’s Guide to Working with Refugees

Refugee Children in U.S. Schools: A Toolkit for Teachers and School Personnel

  • The Birthdates of Refugee Children and the Impact on Grade Placement
  • Schools and Refugee-Serving Agencies: How to Start or Strengthen Collaboration
  • Refugee Child Welfare: Guidance for Schools
  • Refugee and Immigrant Youth and Bullying: Frequently Asked Questions
  • Enrolling Refugee Children in U.S. Schools

Guiding Refugee Students: Strategies for School Counselors

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder some people develop after seeing or living through an event that has caused or threatened serious harm or death. The underlying pathology of PTSD consists of re-experiencing, avoidance and hyperarousal. PTSD symptoms usually appear within 3 months after a traumatic event but emerge months or even years later.

National Institute of Mental Health

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Canadian Paediatric Society