Any report of violence in schools is hard to understand. Especially for children.
Our hearts go out to all the students, staff, and community members affected by the recent tragedy at North Park Elementary School.
Watts Learning Center Schools will continue to provide a safe environment for our students, staff, and parents. And in so doing, our schools will continue to conduct regular safety drills to ensure that our students and staff are familiar with safety procedures during an emergency.
We also want to provide our teachers and families with tools and resources to help facilitate conversations after a school shooting and gage or manage student distress.
Below, please find a list of links and articles that are well-vetted and designed to assist parents and educators in moments like these.
There is no excuse for violence on a school campus. And Watts Learning Center Schools will continue to make student and staff safety our top priority above all else.
American Psychological Association
Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting
U.S. Department of Education
Tips for Helping Students Recovering from Traumatic Events
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators
What can be done at school to help a traumatized child?
Centers for Disease Control
Coping with a traumatic event
University of Colorado
Safe Communities, Safe Schools Planning Guide
National Association of Elementary School Principals
School Safety Resources