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Resources to Address Student Concerns about Violence
Posted 4/30/19

From Dr. Churchill, Superintendent:


Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families impacted by the tragic shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue on Saturday. The Superintendent of the San Diego County Office of Education sent the following information to superintendents, and I'm sharing them with you as possible resources as we talk to our students about what happened.


Six months ago, following the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, I shared resources compiled by our team to help educators address student concerns around violence and hate. I am sorry to have to share those resources again as a result of a senseless shooting in our own community.


Helping Children Cope With Terrorism from the National Association of School Psychologists offers tips for families and educators. Translations of this handout are available in Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese. There is also a companion infographic.


Anti-Defamation League materials that may also be useful include these lesson plans on responding to hate and violence and on swastikas and other hate symbols.


As always, these resources are not meant to be exhaustive, nor is their inclusion an endorsement of a particular political viewpoint.


Please don't hesitate to reach out to school staff or district staff if you need support and/or additional resources for your students.