Children and youth are among those with the highest potential risk for emotional distress relating to a disaster. It is not uncommon for children and youth to show signs of stress months after a disaster. If left unchecked, chronic stress could develop into more serious mental and behavioral health issues that can interfere with daily life. If children and youth feel unsafe, stressed, or distracted by family issues, they are not able to focus on learning. Schools can provide positive opportunities and supports for children and youth as they deal with distress. School and community resources can be coordinated to support children and families and provide pathways to additional direct services, when needed. For guidance and information, see below.