Wellesley superintendent says schools will offer counseling, resources for students in wake of Boston Marathon bombing events
As Wellesley parents prepared to send their kids back to the town's public schools on Monday following a week of tragedy, superintendent David Lussier assured residents that schools will be ready with counseling staff and other resources for any student who needs it.
In an email blast sent Sunday night, Lussier said as last week's April break comes to a close, he acknowledged that the greater Boston area had been in the national spotlight since Monday's bombings, inevitably affecting Wellesley residents.
"Whether in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings in December or the events of the past week, our children have been exposed to challenging situations to discuss and interpret during the past five months," he wrote. "As students return to class tomorrow, our staff will be ready to meet them with the knowledge that some will want to engage and process the events of the past week, while others may be ready to move on. Our plan is to meet students wherever they are and to support their inquiry and reactions."
Lussier also sent various resources to parents from the National Association of School Psychologists, including fact sheets on helping a child cope with national tragedy, tips on how to talk to kids about violence, and advice from Harvard University on talking to children about tragedies.
Lussier wrote that although the past week had brought about a terrible tragedy, there was a "bright outcome" in the form of the community's strength and support.
"The strength of our community has been on display in the past week in so many ways and I believe this is something from which we can all draw strength and reassurance in the days ahead," he wrote. "Thank you all for supporting our community and our students here in Wellesley."
For more information on Wellesley's public schools, visit their website.
Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org