Notice from the Superintendent

05-01-2018

To the Whitehall Community, The terribly tragic school shooting in Florida as well as the recent Arrest in Fair Haven have prompted me to reach
out in an effort to support our students, educators and families as we attempt to process all we are hearing and
seeing in the media over the last 48 hours.
Many parents are asking We all want to protect our ch ildren and keep them from hearing about the horrors of the world, but we live in a day
and age in which violence permeates our lives. We encourage parents to have age-appropriate conversations with
their children and use these opportunities to teach important lessons.
Watch the news with your children. Interpret events in a way in which they can understand at their age. Children
absorb your emotions, so if you are upset or nervous, they will be too.
Limit exposure. The 24-hour news cycle might lead children to believe that traumatic events are an everyday
occurrence. Children need a limit to the amount of graphic sounds or images they are exposed to.
Take their fears seriously. Encourage your children to talk about what they may have seen or heard. If you notice a
change in their behavior, they may be trying to process the information. Help them understand their fears and
concerns are normal by sharing how you felt when you heard about the event.
Learn together. Some older children may want to learn more about why an event happened. Be present when they
research and talk it through.
Stick to your routine. In a chaotic world, a normal schedule can be comforting to children. If transition times like
bedtime are problematic, be patient and understanding as children may not verbalize they need comforting.
Look for the positive. Highlight the heroes in tragic events, and talk about ways in which the community worked
together to help each other.
Encourage play. Children process worries and fears through play. Allow them to play make-pretend as long as it
doesn't get aggressive.
If you see something, say something. Rep9rt serious indicators of mental illness to law enforcement, including
changes in behavior, anger problems, excessive and foolish comments about guns and shootings, etc. If you hear or
see something online (on social media or blogs), report it- it is the job of police to talk to those individuals.
Be alert to your surroundings. If you're in a public place, take note of the exits and entrances.
If you can watch a quick video about how to respond in an active shooter situation, that is the least you can do. If you
can run through a reality-based training, that is even better.
Unfortunately, violence isn't just a school problem or a law enforcement problem or a gun control issue. This is a
community issue that demands the involvement and collaboration of all to prevent, respond, and help each other
through it. We urge you to access your school social worker and counselors if your child needs additional support.
In an effort to be proactive and vigilant about this item, the principals and I are planning to host a meeting with local
law enforcement in the very near future to allow us to review our current safety procedures and gain additional advice
from law officials. The safety of our students, faculty and staff continue to remain our highest priority.
Sincerely,
Patrick

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Notice from the Superintendent

05-01-2018

To the Whitehall Community, The terribly tragic school shooting in Florida as well as the recent Arrest in Fair Haven have prompted me to reach
out in an effort to support our students, educators and families as we attempt to process all we are hearing and
seeing in the media over the last 48 hours.
Many parents are asking We all want to protect our ch ildren and keep them from hearing about the horrors of the world, but we live in a day
and age in which violence permeates our lives. We encourage parents to have age-appropriate conversations with
their children and use these opportunities to teach important lessons.
Watch the news with your children. Interpret events in a way in which they can understand at their age. Children
absorb your emotions, so if you are upset or nervous, they will be too.
Limit exposure. The 24-hour news cycle might lead children to believe that traumatic events are an everyday
occurrence. Children need a limit to the amount of graphic sounds or images they are exposed to.
Take their fears seriously. Encourage your children to talk about what they may have seen or heard. If you notice a
change in their behavior, they may be trying to process the information. Help them understand their fears and
concerns are normal by sharing how you felt when you heard about the event.
Learn together. Some older children may want to learn more about why an event happened. Be present when they
research and talk it through.
Stick to your routine. In a chaotic world, a normal schedule can be comforting to children. If transition times like
bedtime are problematic, be patient and understanding as children may not verbalize they need comforting.
Look for the positive. Highlight the heroes in tragic events, and talk about ways in which the community worked
together to help each other.
Encourage play. Children process worries and fears through play. Allow them to play make-pretend as long as it
doesn't get aggressive.
If you see something, say something. Rep9rt serious indicators of mental illness to law enforcement, including
changes in behavior, anger problems, excessive and foolish comments about guns and shootings, etc. If you hear or
see something online (on social media or blogs), report it- it is the job of police to talk to those individuals.
Be alert to your surroundings. If you're in a public place, take note of the exits and entrances.
If you can watch a quick video about how to respond in an active shooter situation, that is the least you can do. If you
can run through a reality-based training, that is even better.
Unfortunately, violence isn't just a school problem or a law enforcement problem or a gun control issue. This is a
community issue that demands the involvement and collaboration of all to prevent, respond, and help each other
through it. We urge you to access your school social worker and counselors if your child needs additional support.
In an effort to be proactive and vigilant about this item, the principals and I are planning to host a meeting with local
law enforcement in the very near future to allow us to review our current safety procedures and gain additional advice
from law officials. The safety of our students, faculty and staff continue to remain our highest priority.
Sincerely,
Patrick

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