Resources for DVS Students & Families

Good Morning DVS Families, I hope this message finds you all safe and well. As we approach the end of this school year, we want to recognize the work our students have done in persevering through unprecedented circumstances and for finishing the academic year well. As coursework has now been completed and students have begun their Presentations of Learning, Powerschool access has been turned off while teachers finalize their grades so that students can focus on their POL and on taking care of their other needs.

We are committed to supporting our students however we can, and as part of our effort we have created and posted this survey for students to help us understand how we can best support them. Please encourage your child to take this survey today if possible.

As our students turn to adults in their lives for answers during this time it is important that we listen and respond with honesty and empathy. Students may be feeling an array of emotions including anger, fear, and anxiety and we are here to help students recognize and acknowledge their emotions. Here are some resources for parents as you support your children right now:

Five Tips for Taking with Children about Hate Incidents

Tips for Talking with Children After a Traumatic Event

National Association of School Psychologists: Understanding Race and Privilege

Helping Youth after Community Trauma

Tips for Talking to Your Student(s) About Current Events: 

·     Listen with your full attention 

·     Inform through age-appropriate conversations

·     Acknowledge feelings 

·     Watch for signs of distress 

·     Model self-care  

We will continue to share resources and to keep the dialogue going amongst our school community. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there is some way we can be of help and support.

Sincerely, Steve & Grace

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