Dear Oak Ridge Families,
With a heavy heart, I acknowledge the range of emotions our students, staff and families are experiencing as we all try to make sense of the recent tragic events within our communities. As we continue to grieve the tragic death of George Floyd and the injustices of our systems, there are no easy answers.
I want to let you know we are thinking about you and we are here for you. Please reach out to me or another trusted adult at Oak Ridge if you have questions or need support. We have also added online support resources below.
I know that as a school community we are resilient people and we will find a way through this together for the good of our children and our future. As Superintendent Kreger stated, we will do so with strength, hope, compassion and kindness.
Please take care of yourselves and each other. My thoughts are with you and your children. Stay hopeful!
Dr. Cathy Kindem, Principal
Resources for Supporting Children During Tragedy
A Kids Book about Racism by Jelani Memory
Not My Idea - A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism - Parent Toolkit
How to Talk to Kids - Racism & Racial Violence - USA Today
7 Ways to Calm a Young Bran in Trauma - Edutopia
Discussing Traumatic Events with Youth - Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health
Discussing Difficult Topics With Your Children - National PTA
Helping Children with Traumatic Separation or Traumatic Grief Related to COVID-19 - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Supporting Families During Covid-19 - Child Mind