Handle With Care Info for Teachers

  • Handle With Care (HWC) cards should not require any additional work from teachers. We ask that the student you have been handed a HWC card for be given a little more understanding, patience, and grace today, as it is very likely they've had a tough night. If this student experiences difficulty today with disruptions, please send them to the counselor or nurse.

How HWC Works

  • When a student is exposed to violence or trauma, a law enforcement officer takes down that child's information for their report. Every morning, DAC searches the police reports from the night before to identify students who have potentially experienced trauma and contact the student's School Resource Officer (SRO). The SRO then facilitates the distribution of a Handle With Care Card to that student's teachers at their school.

  • Teachers, please observe student's behavior/academic performance and utilize trauma sensitive interventions as appropriate.

    • Trainings are being developed now by DAC and will be posted soon.​

  • If student exhibits problems (emotional/behavioral/academic, etc.), the teacher should refer the child to the school counselor or school nurse.

  • The school counselor or nurse should assess the student's needs to determine if counseling/services are needed and make a recommendation to the parent/guardian.

  • The counselor, nurse, or social worker should refer the caregiver/student for follow-up services as deemed appropriate.

  • The school should attempt to obtain written consent from the parent/guardian for care providers and school staff to communicate about the best interest of the student.


532 W Jefferson Blvd. 

Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Tel: 260.422.8412

Email:  coordinator@dacac.org


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