As we continue to process the senseless tragedy from yesterday in Uvalde, Texas, at Robb Elementary School, we grieve with those who have suffered immeasurable loss. The school shooting that occurred yesterday has become an all-too common story, with many people again shaken at such upsetting and heartbreaking news.
The Uvalde tragedy will be discussed, shared about, and posted about in the days and weeks to come. We recognize that students will hear this news and have questions, and perhaps feel anxiety, be worried, or even fearful in coming to school. Some of this may be enhanced by social media and exposure to local and national news. Riverview School District would like to share some resources that may help parents and families have those important conversations with their children.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has published a tip sheet and infographic, “Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers.” These are available for downloading, by clicking the links below:
“Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers”
“Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers Infographic”
In Riverview, we have focused our efforts on prioritizing the safety of all our students and staff. Current and ongoing steps taken include:
Staffing of an SSO (School Safety Officer), who oversees Carnation Elementary, Stillwater Elementary, and Riverview Learning Center; an additional SSO, dedicated to Tolt Middle School; an SRO (School Resource Officer) overseeing Cedarcrest High School and Eagle Rock Multi-Age School; and coverage from Duvall Police Department at Cherry Valley Elementary.
Continuing, ongoing partnerships with Duvall Police Department, the King County Sheriff’s Office, Duvall Fire, Eastside Fire and Rescue, both cities, and additional volunteer organizations and groups dedicated to community safety. The district’s Emergency Management Committee meets semiannually, while each school’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) sub-committee meets regularly.
Renewed contracts with Larch Counseling and Unified Counseling, providing ongoing mental health supports for students who may need external counseling services.
Internal promotion of access and availability of Canopy, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff members.
Implementation of ALICE Training for administrators, staff, and students in all schools, and hosting of community information nights for families.
Here are additional resources for parents and families, which may prove helpful:
Talking to Kids About Tragedies (National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement)
How to Talk to Children About Shootings: An Age-by-Age Guide (Today.com)
Students are encouraged to contact their school counselor, principal, or any trusted adult, should they need a place to turn for additional help.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to work together, as a community, in keeping our schools safe places for learning.