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Talking to Children About Violence

posted Dec 18, 2012, 5:44 AM by Joel Villegas
December 16, 2012
Wakefield Public Schools

Dear Parents,
Due to the recent tragedy in Newtown, CT, the Wakefield Public Schools’ District Crisis Team met today, Sunday, December 16, 2012. The District Crisis Team is comprised of representatives from central office, each school, and the fire and police departments.
In spite of the horrific event at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, please know that schools remain one of the safest places for your children. All of our schools have safety protocols and procedures in place.
Schools will be following a normal routine for Monday as well as the upcoming week. However, there will be additional staff present at arrival and dismissal time. There will also be support available for any student or staff member who may need assistance coping with this traumatic event. We have compiled a list of staff from across the district that will be on call in the event that additional support is needed at any site.
Please refer to the National Association of School Psychologist document entitled “Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers” which will be sent in a seperate email.  This document provides suggested points when discussing violent acts with your children.
Should you have any questions or concerns related to this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your building principal.
From the Wakefield Public Schools, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School and the community of Newtown, Connecticut.

District Crisis Team