Letter re:Recent Events in Ukraine

Letter re:Recent Events in Ukraine
Posted on 02/27/2022
letter from the superintendent

Dear Rondout Valley School Community:

The recent events in Ukraine are deeply troubling, and for many of our Ukrainian-American community members, these events are particularly concerning. Many have friends and family in Ukraine. We want to offer our sincere concern for what they are going through. Our hearts are with our Ukrainian families, students, and staff and we offer our support in any way we can.

It is also likely that some children have been exposed to news reports or overheard conversations about the situation unfolding in Ukraine and may be frightened or confused. We are here to support them as well.

Our counseling staff is available for our students as we return to school on Monday. If you believe your child is struggling with the current events in Ukraine and would like a support staff member to speak with them, please reach out to either the building principal or school counselor.

Below are resources for talking with children about war or violence.

For All Ages:
· Helping Your Students Cope With a Violent World: Edutopia article features strategies for helping children make sense with historical perspective, feel empowered, and inspire them to feel hopeful.
· How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War: Common Sense Media gathers tips and conversation starters to help you talk to kids of different ages about the toughest topics.
· Talking to Your Kids About War: Very Well Family explores ways families can speak with young people about war, including tips on sharing information and restricting media coverage.

For Elementary/Middle School Students:
· Resilience in a time of war: Tips for parents and teachers of elementary school children: This article from the American Psychological Association can help adults guide their young children beyond fear and to resilience.
· Resilience in a time of war: Tips for parents and teachers of middle school children: The American Psychological Association breaks out tips and strategies for parents and teachers of middle school-aged children.

Again, we are here to support our students, families, and staff, please let us know any way we can be of assistance.

Sincerely,

Joseph Morgan
Superintendent of Schools