THOUGHTS, QUESTIONS, AND RESOURCES
This past Friday has brought to all of us a sad event that is difficult to come to terms with. Watching the families and sending our thoughts and prayers to them has brought many of us to tears and to thoughts of our own precious children. I am sure that many of you have questions and I am also sure that many of your children do as well.
This weekend I have been working with my colleagues to develop resources to support staff as they receive questions from children and parents this upcoming week. I can assure you that the Alward staff will do all that we can to sensitively respond to questions.
For those of you who are struggling with how to respond to questions from your children, I offer resources-received from our Ottawa County Support Team (OAISD). I recommend that you read these links carefully and review them so that you can filter through to find the appropriate response for the age of your children.
Please know that we, at Alward, will be focused on keeping our school environment safe and focused on learning-and at the same time be prepared to respond sensitively to questions we receive. We care deeply about your children and what we have been called to do as educators.
- Tips for Helping Children of all Ages: Helping Children Cope-09
- Reality Check: How to Talk to Kids About the Newtown School Shooting
- Excellent resource: Talking to Kid (or NOT) about the tragedy
- BOSTON GLOBE: How to talk to your kids about the shooting