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A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Families,

Recent events related to violence, race, politics, and the wide variety of issues we are struggling with as adults can have a significant impact on our children. They are heart wrenching and confusing for the mature emotional brain, much more so for young people who are exposed to difficult and challenging conversations more often than ever before.

As we process our own grief, outrage, concern, and worry, it is helpful to have information available to consider when processing these same feelings with children. We are writing today to provide you with resources that not only address trauma and violence, but also ways in which to talk to students of all ages about grief and loss. In addition to the resources below, please remember that members of our District mental health team (counselors, psychologists, and social workers) are here to provide support as well. Please feel free to reach out to them if you sense your child needs to speak to someone during the school day.

In this moment of reflection on the events of this past weekend, we join the entire community in offering our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the families and friends of the victims. We continue to hope for peace and an end to violence in all forms. We mourn the beautiful, young lives lost and wish to support our community in healing.

Sincerely,

Kevin McGowan Ed. D.

Superintendent

 

Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

Talking to Kids About Fear and Violence (Mental Health America)

Strategies for Supporting Students During Times of Stress

Talking to Students About Race and Violence

Helping Children Cope With Loss, Death and Grief

Tips for Talking to Students About Grief and Loss