Ledyard school administrators met Sunday to discuss how best to handle the return of students to Ledyard schools after a weekend filled with .
School counselors will be on hand for parents and students who are coping with the news. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Graner said Friday, “our schools are safe,” and administrators and police will be reviewing security measures this week.
Ledyard Police Lt. Michael Finkelstein said Friday that officers were assigned to the schools at closing time and there will be an officer at each school Monday morning. Finkelstein said there is “no known threat” to the schools but the increased presence is meant to assuage lingering fears and confirm a sense of security in the schools.
As we all process the unimaginable tragedy that occurred on Friday, I wanted to share some information regarding our school district’s response to the crisis in Newtown. The entire administrative team met Sunday afternoon to discuss the upcoming week in light of recent events. We agreed we would share our condolences with the Newtown community; we also discussed our solid security measures and will review them with faculty.
Most importantly, we agreed to maintain a regular routine at school; a sense of normalcy is important and reassuring. Each school will have support staff available to counsel children as needed. Please let your school administrator know if you believe your child may need extra support at school.
In dealing with all tragedies, perhaps the best advice we can keep in mind is we need to pay close attention to each other and provide support as needed. The websites listed below provide some useful information for you in talking with your child.
And, Ledyard Police Lt. Michael Finkelstein posted the following notification on the Ledyard Police Facebook page:
On Monday December 17, 2012 the Ledyard Police Department will maintain a visible presence at Ledyard Public Schools. While no known threat exists, we understand the difficulty a return to the school environment can have after an event such as last Fridays. We are working closely with the Ledyard Public Schools to maintain the safest learning environment possible for our children. As they have for several days, our thoughts also remain with those in the Newtown community who have been so devastatingly impacted.
Graner posted the following resources for parents and children coping with the news:
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do/How Parents Can Help - from the National Institute of Mental Health
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event - from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Children and the News - from American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Coping With Unexpected Events: Depression and Trauma - SEE SECTION: Helping and Talking with Children - from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Tips for Talking to Children about the Aurora Shooting - from American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
A Message From United Way:
Our hearts are with the families of those affected by today's shooting in Newtown.
United Way 2-1-1, Connecticut's statewide information and referral and crisis line, wants you to know that we are available 24 hours a day to connect families with the resources they need in the wake of this tragedy. If you or your child need assistance, dial 2-1-1, to reach call specialists trained in handling crisis situations.
EMPS - 2-1-1 is the access point for Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services, a mobile crisis line for children and youth. Dial 2-1-1 and press 1 to reach a crisis call specialist who can connect you directly to a mental health clinician in your area.
www.211ct.org - visit our website to find local trauma resources. Enter your zip code or town and search (under Search by Service Keyword) for one of the following terms: Child Guidance, Therapy Referrals, Bereavement Counseling, General Bereavement Support Groups or Crime Victim/Witness Counseling.
Click on the links below for other resources to help children cope with traumatic events.