In the aftermath of the Newtown, Ct. tragedy last week, Estherville Lincoln Central superintendent Tara Paul issued a statement to the community about how the district is working to reassure everyone that the school is safe and secure for students.
Paul mentioned the board policy and Crisis Management Plan and Team designated to address such incidents. Paul said a focus continues to ensure that adults greet students as they arrive and that teachers and staff are visible in the hallways and other areas. Giving a sense of normalcy is also a key focus of teachers and staff.
Paul also encourages parents to talk to their children about the incident, if the child wishes.
This is an excellent approach to the situation, and one that will work.
While it's easy to say that the Newtown incident was clear on the other side of the country, there could very well be an impact on young children who may have a strong affinity for what happened there. While parents may choose to not expose their children to news reports, kids can still hear about it at school. Parents do need to be ready to answer their questions and concerns.
Hopefully, there will be another news event that will eclipse or at least overshadow Newtown.
As the Christmas season approaches, we can rest assured that as parents take Paul's advice and address their children's questions, Christmas observances will continue as they have in the past.
Maybe this would be a good year to attend that Christmas Eve service you've missed the past several years, or invite an elderly single person over for Christmas dinner. Or maybe take a nice Christmas dinner over to someone who's homebound.
After all, it's Christmas.