School Safety

A Parent Guide to School Safety

Parents,

Below are some links that may aide you in talking with your child about the recent school violence incident in Connecticut. All suggest that you speak directly with your children, providing age appropriate facts. We hope that these resources will provide you with a star ting point for this very difficult conversation. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Howard, School Counselor, for further assistance. She may be reached at 770-385-6906 extension 2910.

The Connecticut School Shooting: How to Help Children Cope with Frightening News. What parents can do to aid kids in processing grief and fear in a healthy way. (http://www.childmind.org/en/posts/articles/2011-12-27-helping-your-child-cope-deaths-friends )

How to discuss Violence In Schools with Children: Tips for Parents and Teachers

http://www.publicschoolreview.com/blog/how-to-discuss-violence-in-schools-with-children

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and National Child Traumatic Stress Network ( http://www.samhsa.gov/trauma/?from=carousel&position=1&date=12142012 )

Links to various resources in 5 different languages. Topics covered include talking tips by age group (toddlers, preschoolers, elementary school-aged, and adolescents), coping with grief, media coverage, and how to speak with someone for free to get guidance on a variety of mental health needs.

Frances D. Howard, M.Ed.

Counselor, Oak Hill Elementary

6243 Hwy. 212

Covington, GA 30016

phone: 770-385-6906 x 2910

fax: 678-625-6157

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