It seems like every time we turn on the news, another tragedy has occurred somewhere in the world, and whether it's happening more frequently or we're just exposed to more through 24/7 news coverage, we must be cognizant of the fact that our children are being exposed to these events as well. Because students have access to information on their cell phones and other digital devices, it's probably not very realistic to think we can shelter them completely from the goings-on in the world.
We can limit what they watch on television, but they will always find a way to gain online access, whether at school, on a friend's device or at friends' houses. So how do we talk to our students about deadly attacks and traumatic events that their minds are simply too young to truly understand? And how do we help parents talk to their children about these incidents when many times adults have difficulty comprehending how these things can happen?
We are working with schools on planning next year's revenue and personnel budgets. We've been in touch with the SDE, and they've said they'll share an FAQ to help districts prepare for FY19 changes.
In addition to our regularly scheduled professional development, our team has been actively visiting schools across the state to provide trainings by request.
It’s that season-evaluations are in and staff changes are in the air.
The international events from the past week have left most, if not all of us, reeling, but what about your students/children? The Sesame Street Here for Each Other, Helping Families After Emergencies resource offers six tips to help ALL of us cope.