Dear Nederland Community,
The Nederland Elementary community offers our deepest condolences to all those impacted by the tragic events one week ago today. If you have not yet had the opportunity to read Dr. Anderson’s BOULDER STRONG message sent earlier today, I encourage you to read it. As he writes, “Words cannot capture the grieving that we and our community are going through right now.”
As we plan for students to return to school tomorrow we know that some students will come with information and may talk about the tragedy at school. We will not directly address the events as a school or in classrooms. We do not want to traumatize or trigger children and we want to respect that you may have not told your children. However, children may talk about the events so please consider if you want to discuss these events with your children so they hear the information directly from you.
Our school counselor, Kristen Kron, is available to support any parent or student. She can be reached at email@example.com or (720) 561-4825.
Please see the BVSD website for grief and loss resources. The Boulder Valley School District Trauma Team has been activated and will be working to support schools and families. If you know of a student who needs support during this difficult time, please let us know through this Google Form.
Additionally the links below provide useful information for supporting children after traumatic events.
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Children After a Shooting
- The Role for Caring Adults after a School or Community Tragedy
Finally, we will emphasize keeping normal routines for students as we return from the break as research shows routines and a sense of normalcy for children provide a sense of safety and security. We will also reassure any concerned students that school is a very safe place to be and that we are present to care for and support them as always.
As always please feel free to reach out with any questions.