Resources and Support in a Time of Tragedy

ASPIRA Schools Family,
As many of you are aware, the nation and our schools suffered yet another tragedy yesterday in an unspeakable act of violence in rural Texas. We know, as do you, that students who see the news, are on social media, or have family members that are discussing this tragedy may have questions or need additional support or clarity in the upcoming days. Also, many of you may feel this loss acutely or need help to deal with personal feelings of loss or trauma that surface in response to this event. Below we have attached resources for both addressing acts of violence with students, "look and listen fors” in students that may be experiencing stress or trauma, and reminders of self-care for staff and faculty. Our counseling staff and school psychologists are available to support classroom or individual conversations and will be available after school hours for family support as needed. It is these times where our connection, our community, and our care for one another help us navigate the darkness and to hold one another up when we need it most. As the school year comes to a close, please remember to treat each other with kindness and compassion, and please reach out if you need support none of us are alone.
National Association of School Psychologists:
·         Responding to School Violence: Tips for Administrators (
·         School Violence Prevention: Tips for Parents & Educators (
          Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (
          Care for the caregiver: guidelines for administrators and teams (
Pennsylvania Department of Education:
·         Managing Your Youth’s Emotions When You’re Stressed 
·         Crisis Response Resources
·         School Safety
Also, help is always available for those in crisis 24/7 by text at 741-741 or by calling 1-800-273-8255.