Response to Texas School Shooting – Resources
Like many of you, I am overwhelmed with deep sadness and grief learning about the school shooting in Texas. While details are still surfacing, we know that a tragedy like this profoundly impacts our country, communities, students, and staff.
Some in our school district community may be retraumatized by seeing this tragedy in the news. We are still processing and healing from the shooting outside of South Education Center this winter, as well as other incidents of loaded guns in school this year. Many will walk our halls with a continued fear that it could happen again.
Please know that our staff are checking in on our students with known or suspected internal vulnerabilities such as trauma, existing mental health diagnoses, emotional/behavioral dysregulation in response to environmental factors, and students with processing conditions.
We invite you to review the below resources.
- National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About Violence
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events (this article also speaks to talking with students with developmental delays, disabilities, and Autism)
- Talking to Children about Violence (infographic): National Association of School Psychologists
- Teaching in the Wake of Violence: Facing History and Ourselves
- After a School Shooting: Liberated SEL
- How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings: Child Mind Institute
- Helping Children Cope With Frightening News: Child Mind Institute
Please join me in expressing our deepest condolences to the students, families, and Uvalde community. The loss of the students and adults is a tragedy beyond words.