Last week’s tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is devastating.
Finding the right words feels impossible. But this is what we — as parents, educators and community leaders — are called to do. It is our job to create safe places for young people to learn. And when, for whatever reason, we have failed to do that, it hurts. But we have to go on. The school doors open each morning. Our kids come in. And we have to be there for them. We have to do our best to help them be brave. We have to communicate with parents who are overcome with sadness, fear and sometimes even anger and help them to feel safe entrusting their children to our care each day. These are difficult tasks during the best of times. When we are also grappling with our own grief and fears, they can seem impossible.
But what seems impossible alone is not impossible when we are standing together with a shared sense of purpose and values. What seems impossible in a moment is not impossible when we have spent years working together in service to the same mission. NSCC’s purpose today is the same as it has been for the last 20 years — to work with you to create safe, inclusive, and engaging schools for all kids — and to connect you to the best resources available for creating a positive school climate.
Below you will find links to resources on ways to care for your students, yourselves and your communities in the wake of tragedy and violence, as well as guidance on how to protect against future tragedies.
We will continue to provide concrete resources that support positive and productive school climates for all. Please stay connected with us on Facebookand Twitter to receive the latest guidance, and find valuable resources on bully prevention, school climate improvement, and more at:www.schoolclimate.org.
In Peace and Collaboration,
Whitney C. Allgood, CEO
School Crisis Resources
American Psychological Association How to Talk to Children About Difficult News
National Association of School Psychologists Talking to Children About Violence
Department of Education Tips for Helping Students Recovering From Traumatic Events [PDF];Creating Emergency Management Plans [PDF]
National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention Trauma, Violence and School Shooting
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Incidents of Mass Violence webpage provides information about who is most at risk for emotional distress from incidents of mass violence and where to find disaster-related resources
National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement Talking to children about terrorist attacks and school and community shootings in the news[PDF]