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Crisis Team to Show Up at Peekskill School's Monday

Counselors will be available to assist students at Peekskill schools Monday following the tragic shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday.

Editor's Note: The following statement was released by the Peekskill school district. If you would like to post your news to Patch, click here.

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Dear Peekskill Community,

We are all grieving the tragic events that transpired yesterday. As parents and educators, our hearts go out to the community of Newtown, Conn.

As a caring community, no family should feel like they have to handle this on their own. Please know that our Crisis Team will be ready to assist the children as they return to school on Monday.

In the meantime, the American School Counselor Association recommends:

• Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.

• Limit exposure to television and the news.
• Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.

• Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
• Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
• Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

In addition, below are some links to assist you further in speaking to your children about the tragedy:

www.schoolcounselor.org

http://www.aboutourkids.org/articles/school_shootings_helping_teens_cope_guide_parents?CSRT=12435852133469048254

As always, please remember, "If you see something, say something. "

We know that you will join us in keeping the parents, families and especially the children of Newtown in your thoughts.

Sincerely,
Peekskill City School District

joshua tanner December 16, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Why would Peekskill students need a crisis team for something they didn't go through? Its crazy. Those teams make victims worse anyway - or at least real vicitms (which Peekskill students aren't)
sayitsnotsojack December 17, 2012 at 04:07 PM
My thoughts also, while no one myself included would or can minimize how horrible this event is every time something occurs does not need a cadre of crisis teams getting kids all upset. A mention of something bad happening at a school far away from them and an explanation that there are bad people who do bad things should be sufficient. Having special teams just makes the kids dwell on it. This just lets the schools administration brag about how much they take care of our children.
Janice December 17, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Do either of you have kids?

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