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Yelm Communty Schools Superintendent responds –
In the wake of the Connecticut tragedy


Yelm Community Schools
Superintendent Andy Wolf

Photo Courtesy: Yelm Community Schools

From Yelm Community Schools Superintendent Andy Wolf:

Safety of Our Students is Our Highest Priority
Dear Parents & Guardians,

We are deeply saddened by the senseless deaths of children and staff that occurred in Connecticut earlier today. Your children may have questions and concerns about what they have overheard or from television news coverage.

Please assure them that the safety and well being of our students and staff is our highest priority. Our schools regularly practice safety drills so that we are as prepared as possible to respond to a wide range of emergencies.
Here are a few suggestions on how to help your children feel safe outside of school:

Turn off or monitor the television and radio. Endless news programs are likely to heighten anxiety, and young children cannot distinguish between images on television and their personal reality.
Maintain a normal routine.
Stick to facts.
Answer questions factually.
Remember to filter what you say to a child. Avoid graphic details.
Remain calm and reassuring. Children take their cues from their parents and adults.
Be optimistic.
Be a good listener and observer. Pay attention to changes in behavior.
Take care of yourself. You are better able to help your students if you are coping well. If you are anxious or upset, your students
are more likely to be so as well.

Our thoughts are with the families, students and the Newtown community.

Posted by Steve on December 17, 2012 at 12:52 am | Permalink

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