Happy New Year! I hope that everyone was able to get some much needed rest over winter break and recharge. The national events of this week have been extremely challenging for all of us to process, adults and students alike. I want to reiterate our commitment to building and maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for all students. We stand ready to support our students through these difficult times.
Please see below a message from our Superintendent and Director of Equity and Inclusion that includes resources that can help support you as you speak about these issues with your family. I believe it's important to have dialogue about this so that our students can properly contextualize the upsetting images that we have been seeing on screen.
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Ashland Families, Students and Community Members,
The violent protest in our nation's capital is in direct opposition to the values of democracy our nation holds dear. These events may be upsetting to students. We have district counselors available to help your child work through their feelings about the riot at the Capitol Building. These conversations with your child are often difficult, as it is challenging to explain things that donít make sense. We have included some resources as support as you navigate this time as a family.
The non-profit organization, Common Sense Media, has an article with age-based tips for how to talk to children about this event:Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol
Another resource from National Geographic provides another helpful guide to lead the conversation:How to talk to your kids about the chaos at the Capitol
Healthychildren.org provides a framework that is useful for talking to your child about any upsetting or confusing news event:Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events
Ashland School District will continue to teach the value of peaceful conflict resolution in personal relationships and civic involvement as we continue to work in partnership for a more peaceful tomorrow.
We are here to support you and your family. If your student requires additional support in order to navigate this time, please reach out to your studentís teacher or principal.
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Director of Equity and Inclusion
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