Sudbury Public Schools to Host Community Meeting

Published January 30, 2007 | Select Board | Automatically Archived on 2/7/2007

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.


    The Sudbury Public Schools is hosting a meeting for parents, and interested community members, to provide information and support in understanding and addressing the grief and reaction of children and adolescents to tragedy and loss.  The meeting will feature Diane Moran, a grief and loss counselor from the Metro Boston Critical Incident Stress Management Team.  Ms. Moran has worked tirelessly with the students, staff and parents of the LS Community following the tragedy on January 19.

    The purpose of this meeting is to learn more about the way grief and loss manifests itself in the lives of a child, what to look for, what to say, how to react, and what to prepare for in the weeks ahead. There will be ample opportunity for questions following Ms. Moran’s presentation.

    This program is being offered in response to requests from parents seeking more information about such topics as how children at various age levels respond to traumatic losses and experience grief, how to openly talk about loss in a non-frightening manner, and some effective responses to children’s commonly asked questions.  The program is designed for all adults in children’s lives.

    Also in attendance will be members of the Sudbury Public Schools school committee, the superintendent, special education director, school principals, and members of the school counseling staff.   These school leaders welcome comments and questions to help them in their future actions and planning to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. 

    The tragedy that occurred recently at Lincoln-Sudbury High School shook the very foundation of our community.  This is especially true of the lives of the children, and their families, who attend the elementary and middle schools of the Sudbury Public Schools system.  The safety and well-being of our students, always our primary objective, has been the focus of our attention since learning of the incident.  In addition, we are committed to supporting the on-going efforts of the Lincoln-Sudbury administration and staff, parents, students and the communities of Sudbury and Lincoln.