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BOUSD Superintendent Skip Roland addresses tragic events

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Message to Our Community

 December 17, 2012

To the Families of the Brea Olinda Community, Employees of the Brea Olinda Unified School District, and the Residents of the City of Brea,

Family and friends of Jack Culolias’s gather for vigil held at Brea Olinda High School. (Photo by Trent Preston)

As tragic events of last Friday in Connecticut and news of missing BOHS graduate Jack Culolias at Arizona State University reached the Brea Olinda community, all of us have been faced with challenging questions about the safety and security of our children.  We all have been deeply touched by the tragedies of the past few days.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, survivors, families and friends in Newtown and Brea, and to all of us impacted by these tragic events.

The events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, remind us that we must all remain vigilant in understanding and practicing the drills and procedures developed to protect students, staff and visitors on our campuses.  All Brea Olinda schools have well developed school safety, lock-down and evacuation plans.  We will continue to refine and practice these procedures to ensure the highest level of safety possible for all of our campuses.

At times like these, it is important that we all take time to talk to our children about trying to understand and deal with news that is truly unsettling.   Few of us are formally trained to lead these types of discussions.  Listed below are links to websites that provide valuable guidance on how to facilitate these conversations:

PBS has a resource page to assist parents with understanding age appropriate discussions on what they hear in the news:

          http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/

Here is another set of resources with guidelines for discussing news events with different age level children:

          http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA11-DISASTER/SMA11-DISASTER-09.pdf

Helping Youth and Children Recover from Traumatic Events is a compilation of resources from the U. S. Department of Education, other federal agencies, and counseling experts.

Other resource links you may find of value are listed below:

http://www.childmind.org/en/posts/articles/2011-1-6-caring-kids-after-school-shooting

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/growing-friendships/201212/talking-children-about-the-connecticut-school-shooting?quicktabs_5=1

We have school psychologists and counselors available today should students need our support to help manage dealing with tragic news.  We have the full cooperation of Brea Police to provide a stronger visible presence around our campuses for the next few days.

In closing, we offer our heartfelt thoughts for peace and strength for the families hit hardest by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary and by the case of missing Jack Culolias.  I know that staff and parents throughout the District will give our children a little extra TLC throughout the week, with an eye on an increasing awareness of what we all can do to protect and nurture the most precious resource of any community, …its children.

With deepest regards and sympathy,

A. J. “Skip” Roland, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Brea Olinda Unified School District

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