Statement from Mark Gaither
Declaración de Mark Gaither

Dear Wolfe Street Academy Community,

 

It seems as if each day the news brings us one more tragedy, one more trauma, one more example of how people treat each other with contempt and disdain. The constant procession of violent acts, hurtful words and human suffering weighs on all of us.

Yet, I want to pass on words of reassurance to each of you regarding our community. Our community is strong, resilient, and hopeful. All of this is true because of the strength we have developed over the past nearly two decades of establishing strong relationships between families and staff, students and teachers, and the school and neighborhood. These relationships are not just productive but protective. They allow us to know each other, celebrate our joys and successes together, mourn loses, and work together to keep each other safe.

Wolfe Street will continue to maintain a safe working and learning environment. We will continue to welcome the community of which we are a part into the building but will identify and record those who visit our building. We will continue our vigilance of those coming to our building, keeping doors locked, students together, and stressing to all of our students that they are never to open exterior doors for anyone, even a family member. And we will continue to practice all of the routines and procedures that will keep us safe.

Our flag will fly at half-staff until Saturday in respect and remembrance of those who died yesterday in Texas. In the coming days if you or your children need any support dealing with the emotions that might arise from these horrific events, please reach out to us. We have specialists who can help.

 

Thank you all.

Estimada comunidad de Wolfe Street Academy,

Parece como si cada día las noticias nos trajeran una tragedia más, un trauma más, un ejemplo más de cómo la gente se trata con desprecio y desdén. A todos nos pesa el desfile constante de hechos violentos, palabras hirientes y sufrimiento humano.

 

Sin embargo, quiero transmitir palabras de tranquilidad a cada uno de ustedes con respecto a nuestra comunidad. Nuestra comunidad es fuerte, resiliente y esperanzada. Todo esto es cierto debido a la fortaleza que hemos desarrollado durante las últimas dos décadas al establecer relaciones sólidas entre las familias y el personal, los estudiantes y los maestros, y la escuela y el vecindario. Estas relaciones no son solo productivas sino protectoras. Nos permiten conocernos, celebrar juntos nuestras alegrías y éxitos, llorar las pérdidas y trabajar juntos para mantenernos a salvo.

 

Wolfe Street seguirá manteniendo un entorno de trabajo y aprendizaje seguro. Continuaremos dando la bienvenida a la comunidad de la que formamos parte en el edificio, pero identificaremos y registraremos a quienes visiten nuestro edificio. Continuaremos vigilando a quienes vengan a nuestro edificio, manteniendo las puertas cerradas, los estudiantes juntos y enfatizando a todos nuestros estudiantes que nunca deben abrir las puertas exteriores para nadie, ni siquiera para un miembro de la familia. Y continuaremos practicando todas las rutinas y procedimientos que nos mantendrán seguros.

 

Nuestra bandera ondeará a media asta hasta el sábado en respeto y recuerdo a los fallecidos ayer en Texas. En los próximos días, si usted o sus hijos necesitan apoyo para lidiar con las emociones que puedan surgir de estos horribles eventos, comuníquese con nosotros. Tenemos especialistas que pueden ayudar.

 

Gracias a todos.

Resources to Help
Recursos para Ayudar

15 Tips for Talking to Your Child About School Violence

https://www.colorincolorado.org/article/15-tips-talking-children-about-school-violence

Cómo ayudar a sus hijos tras los tiroteos en los centros de educación

https://www.apa.org/topics/schools-classrooms/escolar

How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings. National Association of School Psychologists:  

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-safety-and-crisis/school-violence-resources/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers  

 

Talking to Your Kids About School Violence. National Association of Social Workers 

https://www.helpstartshere.org/?p=12677  

 

US Department of Education. Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Needs, Washington, DC, 2021.

https://www2.ed.gov/documents/students/supporting-child-student-social-emotional-behavioral-mental-health.pdf 

 

Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Needs: National Center for School Safety  

https://www.nc2s.org/resource/supporting-child-and-student-social-emotional-behavioral-and-mental-health-needs/