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Talking to Your Children about School Violence/Terrorism in Schools

The school district offers services through school counseling and is able to advise parents or talk with parents and their children about family concerns. The school counselors and school district are also able to make referrals to different counseling agencies in the area, although for health insurance purposes, often referrals would originate with the family's physician.

In speaking with elementary children about school shootings, particularly in light of the most recent one in Parkland, Florida, February 14, 2018, the American School Counseling Association recommends the following: 
  • Try to keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school. 
  • Limit exposure to television and the news.
  • Be honest with your kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
  • Listen to your kids' fear and concerns.
  • Reassure your kids that they world is a good place to be, but there are people who do bad things.
  • Rebuilt and reaffirm attachment and relationships. Kids want to feel safe, and that is the environment parents and schools try to provide every day.

A list of resources that are available from external providers: (will be continually updated)
American School Counseling Association
National Association of School Psychologists Resources
On the Issue of School Safety: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
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