Resources for Helping Children Deal with Traumatic Events
A Message to Parents from Superintendent Dr. Bill Link
District 108 joins our community and the rest of the nation in mourning the tragic events that occurred December 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and all of those impacted.
We consider the safety and security of our students as a top priority. The district works closely with the Pekin Police Department, Fire Department, County, State, and other local agencies in the development of our school security plans and crisis response procedures. We also continue to upgrade and modernize our security technologies at each school.
While random acts of violence are not predictable, having plans in place to avert or respond to a crisis is a vital part of our mission. It is our goal is to provide an inviting school environment, while at the same time maintaining safety and security.
We understand that such tragedies can create anxiety and concern for both parents and children. While it is difficult to understand or explain such violent actions, we ask for your support in providing your children with reassurances and encouragement. Please know that our staff and counselors are always available to offer support and to provide guidance on how to deal with these difficult situations.
You will find several documents from related professional organizations posted on this section of our district web site that you may find as helpful resources.
If you feel your child will need additional support do not hesitate to contact your child's school.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
Dr. Bill Link
Superintendent of Schools
Pekin Public Schools District 108
Below is list of tips for parents offered by the Illinois Association of Schools Administrators:
Resourses for Helping Children Deal with Traumatic Events
A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope - National Association of School Psychologists