As I am sure many of you are aware, there was an incident in the Nottingham neighborhood that resulted in a loss of life over the weekend. We are not discussing the incident with students, but we are monitoring those who live in the immediate neighborhood who are aware of what happened to determine if they need support.
Talking to Students about the Incident
If your child knows or finds out about it from a friend or neighbor, acknowledge their feelings, share only the facts that answer their questions, and discuss how Arlington’s first responders are working to keep us safe. We are providing a few links in case you need more detailed suggestions on how to respond to the situation. If your child has a strong response or you have concerns, please contact Dr. McCormac at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Helping Children Cope with a Traumatic Event:
- Tips for Parents and Educators
- Tips for Caregivers
- Nine Tips for Talking to Kids about Trauma
- Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event: Helping Children Cope.
- Nine Tips for Talking to Kids About Trauma. Greater Good (Univ. Calif. Berkely)
Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.
Mary Beth Pelosky