Dear Bennett Valley Staff & Families:

As the superintendent of an elementary school district and as the mother of an elementary school student, stories of school violence hit really hard. 

In addition to my initial response of heartbreak, each act of school violence reminds me of my responsibility to our community.  

BVUSD will continue to comprehensively review our safety plans which include safety protocols as well as a commitment to support the social and emotional well-being of our staff and students. 

The resources on this page are intended to help adults talk to children about scary events in the news. As always, I recommend letting children guide these conversations with their questions rather than over-sharing details a child is not ready to process. 


Lexie Cala


Statement from Superintendent Herrington on Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Resources for School Families, Teachers and Administrators Following Uvalde, Texas


(from SCOE)

The pandemic, wildfires, social justice movement, and other current events have heightened the need to be sensitive to the effect these events can have on children. Thankfully, any parent, teacher, or adult who works with children can be a source of healing when armed with the right tools. Following are tools to help children cope with trauma and deal with their stress in positive ways, as well as resources for how to identify and help a child in crisis.

Experience Varies from Child to Child

Even if a child wasn't directly affected by a stressful or traumatic event, she could still be impacted in many ways, including the stress it places on the adults in her life or images she's seen in the news.

There is no right or wrong timeline for how quickly a child will recover from trauma. Some children will experience a period of time in which they perceive everyone else around them having returned to“normal”. It is important not to remove supports too soon, particularly for these children. Providing ongoing opportunities to tell their stories and seek support can help prevent long-term symptoms such as anxiety and depression.

Many factors affect how a child recovers from a tragedy, including the support and resources he receives at home and school, said Dr. David Schonfeld, a nationally renowned expert in school crisis and director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at the University of Southern California. Here are some signs to look out for and ways to support a child.

Signs of Distress

All children grieve differently: Some may become aggressive or hyper, while others may withdraw. A child’s behavior can also change over time, in response to something that reminds him of the disaster or another stressful life event. That said, here are some common signs that a child could be struggling to adjust.

How to Help

A supportive response can help a child heal and even grow after a traumatic experience. Here are a few tips:

General Stress Management

Community Resources

For general information about community and mental health resources, dial 2-1-1

Local Mental health and support hotlines

National mental health resources (24 hour)



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