Helping Children Cope with Violence
Dear D103 Community,
This past weekend, the world observed distressing events unfolding in Israel and Gaza. We recognize that some of our students may be closely following this conflict and could be deeply impacted by the recent developments.
Included in this notice, you will find information on how to speak with your child about war and trauma. If you find your child needing assistance during this time, please reach out to your school’s social workers, psychologists or counselors for support.
It is crucial to find strength in our community's commitment to one another by showing respect, patience, and empathy during tragic events. Let us stand together, united in our commitment to fostering a compassionate, understanding, and supportive environment within our school community. Your strength, resilience, and unity during these challenging times are what make us truly exceptional.
Thank you for continuing to partner with us to raise our Leaders in Learning.
Scott Warren, Ed.D.
Superintendent of D103 Schools
- Talking to Children About Violence: Information for Parents and Educators: This article from the National Association of School Psychologists provides educators and parents with important information for talking to students about violence and fears.
- Helping Your Students Cope With a Violent World: This article features strategies for helping children make sense of the world, feel empowered, and be hopeful.
- How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War: Common Sense Media gathers tips and conversation starters to help us talk to students of different ages about the toughest topics.
- Helping Children Cope with Tragedy: The National Association of Elementary School Principals shares an article about helping students cope with tragic events.
- Resilience in a Time of War: Tips for parents and teachers of elementary school children: This article from the American Psychological Association can help adults guide young children beyond fear to resilience.
- Resilience in a Time of War: Tips for parents and teachers of middle school children: The American Psychological Association breaks out tips and strategies for parents and teachers of middle school-aged children.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides resources that can be filtered by topic or keyword and by audience, with a focus on how adults can identify traumatic responses in young people and how to support them.
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