Talking to Students About Crisis
After events such as the tragedy in Uvalde, TX, it is understandable that students and parents may have questions. Please understand that Caesar Rodney School District has safety plans for each building and trained individuals within each of our schools to react and respond to an emergency. In addition, we have behavioral health resources available to students or staff in need.
The CRSD team of experienced professionals (e.g., school counselors, school psychologists, mental health professionals and school nurses) are available to support our school community. It is important to recognize that young people, just like adults, are likely experiencing a variety of emotions that may include sadness, fear, rage, and hopelessness, all of which are normal responses to such a life-altering event. Please remind your student that their teachers can guide them to staff who can provide them with the emotional support they may need at this time.
Available Resources Following Crisis Events in Schools:
- The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) tips for parents and educators to talk with children about violencesuggests adults:
- Reassure children they are safe and review safety procedures.
- Create a sense of safety by returning to normal, predictable routines as soon as possible.
- Make time to talk and listen to the concerns and feelings of children.
- Limit the use of media consumption of these events to lower their stress and to maintain balance and perspective.
- Acknowledge that sleep difficulties are common and can lead to fatigue and poor participation.
- Common Sense Media offers How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings by taking an age-based approach to discussing the news of school shootings with kids.
- The American Psychological Association (APA) recommends honesty with children – acknowledging that bad things do happen, but reassuring them with the information that many people are working to keep them safe, including their parents, teachers, and law enforcement. The APA also advises limiting children’s exposure to news coverage following such traumatic events.
- Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting, from the American Psychological Association
The safety of our students and staff is of the highest priority each and every day. We work with our School Resource Officer, and local law enforcement to ensure that safety practices and protocols are implemented at each of our schools. Within each school, there are a variety of drills that take place throughout the year so participants have an understanding of how to respond to various crisis situations.
Students are the center of the education experience in the CR district. Their safety and social emotional learning needs are paramount among our administration and staff. We must continue to work together to keep our schools safe. Together, we are CR!