March 1, 2022
Dear HSD Staff, Families & Community members,
We are aware that many in our school communities are feeling grief and shock in response to the recent events in Eastern Europe. A number of Hockinson students, families and staff are personally impacted by this violence, suffering, and unrest.
The Hockinson School Board wants everyone in the HSD community to know that you are all an important part of our school district and that our schools are here for any student or staff member who is need of support.
One of the things that make Hockinson Schools so special is the way that we care for one another, especially in times of great difficulty. It is always important to show kindness to others, but it is especially necessary now.
These unsettling events might trigger an array of emotions in people of all ages. We need to keep in mind that our children have a front seat to the violence happening halfway around the world. These images and news stories have inundated social media, news, and the internet. Just as we are watching the conflict unfold in real-time, so are our young people. Students may have varied reactions to trauma. Any reaction is normal in the grief process and can range from withdrawal to crying and anger. We can all help our children by talking and listening. Some common child reactions to grief include agitation and anger, withdrawn behavior inconsistent with typical conduct, trouble concentrating, asking lots of questions about the death, and crying at school
Here are a few resources to help with conversations with students:
For All Ages
For Elementary/Middle School Students
We are hopeful that this and other conflicts will end soon. Until that happens, know that our schools are ready to support all of our students, staff, and families.
Superintendent Steve Marshall & HSD School Board of Directors Patrick Carter, Gordon Smith, Greg Gospe, Teresa VanNatta, and Dave Olson