Ferguson-Florissant School District to receive crisis training Thursday

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(KTVI)- Staff in the Ferguson-Florissant School District will receive special training Thursday on how to help kids deal with the crisis in Ferguson.

The special training is called RISE, or Response, Intervention, Support and Education. It's designed to help staff members recognize kids who are struggling with the crisis. Griffith Elementary is less than a mile away from the main hot zone of the crisis. The district has actually expanded its bus routes so that more kids can ride the bus and make it to school safely.

Griffith is one of five schools where kids can come to get a free nutritious lunch. That effort, put on by the Ferguson- Florissant School District, began Wednesday and runs through Friday. Any student in this district can pick up a sack lunch free.

Ferguson-Florissant was supposed to start open its doors for classes one week ago. The start of school has been delayed because of the unrest.

The district has never had a program of this nature. It`s teaming up with several groups to make it happen. Staff members will get training on caring for kids who need help and getting them the assistance they need. Nearly 2,000 Ferguson-Florissant staff members who will be participating.

The district has also announced that its three high school football teams will open their season this weekend.

Two games have been moved to different locations.