Message Regarding Recent Tragic Events

Greetings Cohasset Families,

The events resulting in the death of George Floyd in Minnesota last week have caused sorrow, outrage, and frustration. In a time when the need for compassion and empathy is paramount, we will continue to promote diversity and cultural competency, to teach the importance of open discourse, and to inspire our students to end hate through kindness and compassion. We stand beside and support our students and families of color, in this case particularly students and families in the Black and African American communities, and we are committed to do our part to end systemic racism.

This tragedy and others like it, paired with the ongoing pandemic, have produced a difficult landscape for our students. We want to provide the highest level of social and emotional support possible for our students during this difficult time, so please reach out to your child’s principal or our METCO Director, if there is a need for support, and they will direct you to the appropriate resources. We have also included some resources to support students and families in talking about recent events and in coping with the trauma that can arise from public tragedies.

Sincerely,

Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Superintendent

Dr. Leslie Scollins, Assistant Superintendent

Michael MacMillan, Director of Finance and Operations

Mary Buchanan, Director of Student Services

Alesia Gittens-Carle, METCO Director

Brian Scott, CHS Principal

Tara Noyes, CHS Assistant Principal

Steve Rotondi, Athletic Director

Sandy Crough, Lead Nurse

John Mills, CMS Principal

Dr. Kate Salas, CMS Assistant Principal

Alexandra L. Sullivan, DHS Principal

Lisa Farrell, JOS Principal

Resources:

Cohasset Public Schools Counselors and School Psychologist Contact Information

Resources regarding talking to children about race / racism:

http://www.childrenscommunityschool.org/social-justice-resources/

http://www.raceconscious.org/2016/06/100-race-conscious-things-to-say-to-your-child-to-advance-racial-justice/
https://booksforlittles.com/racial-diversity/

https://bookriot.com/2020/04/09/social-justice-books-for-teens/ 

National Association of School Pyschologists (NASP) Talking to Children About Violence, Tips for Parents and Teachers:

Racial Equity Tools: https://www.racialequitytools.org/home

Teaching Tolerance Website: https://www.tolerance.org/

List of 31 Books that support conversations about race – racism with children:

https://www.embracerace.org/resources/26-childrens-books-to-support-conversations-on-race-racism-resistance

Article regarding using children’s books to support conversations regarding race - racism:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/11/22/childrens-books-can-help-start-conversation-about-race-parents-have-continue-it/

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) website: https://www.adl.org/

Resources regarding trauma and support:

Child Mind Institute: Dealing with Trauma Guides: https://childmind.org/our-impact/trauma-response/guides/

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTN): Resources: https://www.nctsn.org/resources

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/01/health/protests-racism-talk-to-children-wellness/index.html

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/helping-children-cope-with-traumatic-stress.htm