Safety in NMCUSD Schools/Emergency Preparedness
Dear NMCUSD Families:
We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragedy that occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. As educators and as parents, it is difficult to comprehend such catastrophic events. We feel closely connected to the children, teachers, staff, families, and the community who are so devastated by this loss of innocent lives. Our primary focus is always to keep our children safe, and schools continue to be one of the safest places for children. With that in mind, NMCUSD school campuses are being provided resources for teachers, staff, and families about having developmentally appropriate conversations with students. In addition, mental health resources will be available on campus for any student or staff who may need them.
As a parent of two boys, it has been helpful to share with other parents any approaches we find helpful. You may consider the STATE method useful when engaging your child/youth in discussing such difficult topics in order to help process thoughts and emotions.
Share Your Facts,
Tell Your Story (what it means to you),
Ask for their View (what it means to them),
Talk Tentatively and listen generously, and
Please know that your child’s safety is our primary concern, and we will continue to work together to ensure they always find school to be a safe place filled with learning, laughter, and building positive relationships with others. Our District and School Safety Committee reviews the best safety practices for our students. We welcome parents and community members' input and suggestions to improve the safety plans by joining the discussions at your School Site Council meetings. Contact your school for additional information on your School Site Council.
However, find a resource here that may be a better fit for you and your family. Remember also that grief proceeds with healing. Those who have had past traumatic experiences or personal losses or suffer from depression may need us now more than ever. We also recommend everyone review our Emergency Preparedness/Safety page on our website to know What to Expect Regarding Emergency Response at NMCUSD Schools.
We will continue to keep the community of Uvalde and the students, teachers, staff, and parents of Robb Elementary School in our thoughts.
Superintendent of North Monterey County USD