Saturday, December 15, 2012

FPS: Family - Educator Resources


A message from FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

December 15, 2012

Good Morning,

As we all continue to try to comprehend the unspeakable act that happened in a CT elementary school, parents and community members may be asking how school personnel plan to handle this tragedy. Administrators, school counselors and our teaching staff will assess needs at the classroom and individual level. Our counseling staff is comprised of highly trained professionals and they collaborate and function as a team. If a school or classroom needs additional assistance we can assign personnel from other schools to provide support. We have a variety of instructional strategies and tools we use such; as Middle School Advisory, Open Circle, Social Skill groups and individual/group counseling. If you feel your child is struggling with managing their emotions about this incident please contact school personnel Monday morning. Principals and counseling personnel will be ready to assist.

Here are some resources that may help you discuss this tragedy with your child. One of our parents who is a professional in the education field offered these links. We will post on our websites as well. These are challenging conversation to have with a child, especially at a time of year that should be magical for children. Stay well.

Respectfully,
Maureen Sabolinski



Resources: (note - links updated 6/11/16)
A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope
http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/trauma/how-children-cope-with-ongoing-threat-and-trauma

Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/school-violence-prevention/school-violence-prevention-tips-for-parents-and-educators

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators
http://www.nctsnet.org/resources/audiences/school-personnel/trauma-toolkit

SAMHSA's "Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events" Web site
http://www.samhsa.gov/trauma/?from=carousel&position=1&date=11012012

School Crisis Guide: Helping and Healing in a Time of Crisis
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.sswaa.org/resource/resmgr/imported/schoolcrisisguide.pdf
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