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Castro Valley Schools Help Parents React To Newtown

Counseling was one option advanced by district leaders.


The shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School have sent a ripple of apprehension though families everywhere.

With this in mind, Castro Valley Unified School District Superintendent Jim Negri wrote:

"Educators, parents and community members need to be there to support our students when they ask the difficult questions or express their feelings.  It is not easy and most of us are not trained to deal with this type of situation. . . . The following list includes several guidelines/tips for parents to address the tragic event with their children."

  1. Helping children cope (click here for Spanish version).
  2. Tips on responding to the Newton crisis (start by assuring parents that children are safe at school.)
  3. Other resources.

Patch reader Catalina Garcia-Quick shared a note that Our Lady of Grace principal Ryan Brusco sent out to parents reassuring them of the school's safety. The note detailed some new steps implemented in the wake of the Newtown tragedy -- including the installation of a bullet-proof glass window in the school office.

"So sad that 'bullet proof glass' and 'school office' even have to come up in the same conversation," wrote Garcia-Quick.

What has been most surprising to you in this crisis? What have you learned that you want to share with others. Use the comments below.

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