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Statement on Events of January 6, 2021

Statement on Events of January 6, 2021

TESD joins those community members who reacted strongly to seeing images of our Capitol building breached as elected officials exercised their constitutional responsibilities. While we continue to respect individual rights of expression and protest, the District maintains strong condemnation when the line into violence is crossed.

As parents, guardians, and staff members, we may experience a range of responses and varying perspectives on yesterday’s events. It follows that our students and children may also display a similar range of thoughts and emotions. We continue to recommend engaging in conversation with your children. Greater understanding of our democratic institutions can be achieved through respectful dialogue and active listening. We remain committed to providing opportunities for our students to participate in dialogue that is thoughtful and respects multiple perspectives.

Children may respond to tragic situations differently based on their age and developmental stage. As always, our staff is available to offer extra support when needed. We are including some resources below that may be helpful to families. Please reach out to your school principal or guidance counselor for additional ideas or resources if you feel the need to do so.

American School Counselor Association: Helping Students During Crisis

Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events

Sincerely,

Dr. Richard Gusick
Superintendent

Michele Burger
President, Board of School Directors