Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) sends deep condolences and sympathies to the families, friends and loved ones of yesterday's school shooting victims in Denver, CO.
Once again, lives have again been taken away and forever damaged on the campus of one of our nation's schools. CMS once more calls on leaders to support the emotional and mental health needs of students and to take action to prevent gun violence in schools.
The CMS Circle of Safety
CMS is working internally and in partnership with local law enforcement, city, county and state leaders to protect the safety of students and staff in Charlotte-Mecklenburg through a variety of measures, including:
Reach out for support
Supports are available to CMS students, families, staff and community members to help in times of mental and emotional need.
Student support - If any student wants to talk reach out to any school staff member right away. Support for students is available through counselors, psychologists and social workers on campus.
Family support - Families are encouraged to talk to students and to stay in close contact with them. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) recommends the following ways to talk with young people about traumatic incidents:
A guide to talking to children about violence is below in English and Spanish. More resources from NASP for support of students after traumatic events are available on the NASP website.
Talking to Children About Violence Guide - EnglishTalking to Children About Violence Guide - Español
CMS staff support - CMS staff and family members have access to confidential counseling through the LifeCare Employee Assistance Program, available day or night at 1-866-592-7240. Additional support and resources are available at the LifeCare website.
Community support - Anyone in need of support and help can use free resources available to the community, including:
CMS stands in support of the Denver, CO community in this time of need as we extend our heartfelt sympathies to everyone affected by yesterday's violent events.
CMS thanks everyone in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community for their help in keeping our students, staff, families and schools safe.
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