January 20th, 2021
Today with the peaceful inauguration of President Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris taking the oath of office as the first Black and South Asian woman Vice President of the United States, we witnessed both history and the transition of executive power in the United States. This process has been difficult and sometimes violent. The news and images associated with this process could cause distress for our students and their families while raising yet more questions about democracy, the rule of law, white privilege, and anti-Black racism.
Educators have been provided with resources to engage students in these conversations, in an age-appropriate manner. Staff are available to provide additional support if necessary. If your child is struggling, we would encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher or school principal. We have also compiled a list of resources that may be of assistance to support families.
Resources to support families and children
- Here 24/7 (1-844-437-3247)
- KidsHelpPhone (1-800-668-6868)
- Mental Health Resources on the WRDSB website
- Responding to traumatic events: support for WRDSB families
- Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event
- How to talk to your child about racism – Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
- Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis | National Association of School Psychologists
- Nine Tips for Talking to Kids about Trauma | Greater Good Magazine
- How to Talk With Your Child When you Feel Concerned They may be Struggling With a Mental Health Problem
- Self-Care 101 for Students | School Mental Health Ontario
- Supporting Mentally Healthy Conversations About Anti-Black Racism With Students | School Mental Health Ontario
- Tips for Talking with and Helping Children Cope After Tragic Events