Resources for Responding to April 17 School Threat

From Adams12 Schools.

Dear Five Star Families and Staff, 

We recognize children may have questions about why school was canceled today. It is essential that families reassure students that they are safe. It is important to share age-appropriate info with your child or they may fill in the blanks on their own which can be concerning if left to their own imagination or rumors. 

To help families have those conversations, we have added tips on how to talk to children about difficult topics such as this one on the district website. Some of the key points shared by the National Association of School Psychologists are: 

  • Reassure children that they are safe.
  • Make time to talk.
  • Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate.
  • Review safety procedures.
  • Observe children’s emotional state.
  • Limit television viewing of these events.
  • Maintain a normal routine.

For additional details on these key points and age-appropriate talking points, visit the district website. 

Additionally, if families need immediate support they can contact the Colorado Crisis Center by calling 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or texting TALK to 38255.

We will continue to work with state agencies and law enforcement partners to determine next steps. Our hope, as always, is that we will be able to reopen schools tomorrow – but we will follow the advice of the experts as student and staff safety is our top priority.

When students return to our buildings, our staff, including our mental health professionals, will be available to support them.

Again, we greatly regret the impact that this closure has on our families and thank you for your patience.

Once we know the school district’s operations plan for tomorrow, we will communicate out with staff and families. We don’t anticipate that decision to be made until later today.

More great information from our partners at the ADL