Thursday, August 29, 2013

FHS Parent/Faculty Meeting - 8/29/13 - 6:30 PM

In response to the recent, serious allegations of misconduct by a Franklin High School teacher, there will be a meeting on Thursday evening, August 29, 2013, for parents of Franklin High School students and FHS faculty from 6:30-7:30 PM at the FHS Library.  Please note that this is not a meeting for students.


The purpose of the meeting will be on how school personnel and parents can help students make sense of this situation which is contrary to our values and norms as educators, parents and a community.   The safety and security of all students is one of our highest priorities and we are all grappling with this alleged breach of trust on the part of one of our teachers.   


This meeting will be facilitated by Maria Trozzi,  the Director of the Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center.  Ms. Trozzi has been working with Franklin Public Schools over the past two weeks to assist high school teachers, counselors, administration and staff as they navigate the first few days of school.  She has met with central office administration, high school administration, new teachers and the entire high school faculty to provide strategies on how to address any student questions or concerns which may arise regarding this issue and how to best support and encourage students so that they can refocus on the primary task at hand—education.  


Maria Trozzi is a nationally recognized speaker with over 25 years of experience consulting with school districts around development of crisis plans and working with parents, school districts and communities when faced with traumatic life events and loss.  Maria is a leading, national expert in the area of children and family bereavement and has spoken to audiences when crisis challenges all of us (Columbine, Katrina, Newtowne).  Using an interactive format, she will lead parents in how to assist their children when faced with stressful and challenging life events.


Please note that this is not a public meeting and as such, the news media will not be admitted to this meeting.  Ms. Trozzi will be available to members of the news media after the event to discuss her presentation.


We hope that you will join the Franklin Public Schools Administration and Franklin School Committee for this event.

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