Speaking to Children about the Events at the Nation's Capitol
January 6, 2020
Dear District 31 Community,
The events taking place today at our Nation’s Capitol brought much anger and sadness to our already weary country and threatened the peaceful transition of power. As we all take time to process and understand, we know it is important to be there for our children and help them feel safe and secure during this tumultuous time. In a year already full of challenges, we are committed to providing a sensitive environment to help process student questions and concerns.
It may be difficult to find the words to talk with children about these events. Below are some suggestions for talking to your children about today’s events.
- Guidance for ensuring student well being in the context of the 2020 Election (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Guidance for Parents (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Guidance for Educators (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Responding to Children’s Emotional Needs During Times of Crisis (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists)
Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) shared some worthwhile points that may help in having discussions with students.
- Affirm students are in a safe place. It is important for students to know that this is occurring in a distant place and will not impact them directly, nor their families at home.
- Take time to have age-appropriate conversations to address concerns.
- As you do every day, monitor student emotions.
- Utilize normal routines.
Our District 31 social workers and psychologists will also be available to support our students and will be checking in with classroom teachers. Throughout the challenges of the last year, we continue to be appreciative of the partnership of our District 31 community.
Dr. Erin K. Murphy