The recent events in Texas, Florida, and most recently Las Vegas remind us all of the fragile world in which we live.The range of emotions as a result of these tragedies has impacted all of us.It is with greatest sympathy and compassion that our thoughts and prayers are extended to those who have been directly or indirectly affected by these events.
During occurrences such as these, we continue to normalize the school experience for our students.Each building staff has addressed, based upon the needs of the children in their respective building, student concerns.Our counselors remain available to provide support if necessary.As parents, you may have to discuss some very sensitive topics with your children about these incidents.Below are listed some tips for parents regarding how to deal with these issues.The information has been provided from prominent health professionals who deal with children regarding crisis events.I am hopeful that these tips will assist you in addressing these issues with your child(ren) and family.Should you have additional needs, please contact the school and we will provide additional resources for you.
Please keep in mind that your children will respond to situations based upon the behavior they observe in their parents and other adults.We attempt to provide all students with a safe and nurturing experience while they are at school.While we join with the many communities across the country who are distressed by their losses, we will continue to focus upon the many positive events and blessings in our lives.Together, we can work to make our world a better place.
Patrick M. Graczyk
Tips for Parents in Responding to National Tragedy
From the St. Francis Health System
Parents can help their children by:
American School Counselors Association – Support Traumatized Students
American Psychological Association – In the Aftermath of a Shooting: Help your child manage distress
National PTA – Discussing Difficult Situations With Your Children
PBS – Talking With Kids About the News
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