Ukraine - Mar 2, 2022

Dear MVWSD community members,


I am saddened and distressed by the situation that has been unfolding in Ukraine over the past weeks. Though geographically distant from us, the suffering and uncertainty families in Ukraine are facing is felt acutely by all global citizens.


The Mountain View Whisman School District is proud to serve families who have come to our community from all over the world. I want to affirm that our District values peace, and actively promotes tolerance and respect. Our students should feel safe and supported at school regardless of their nationality. Our staff members will be attuned to student interactions on this topic and ready to intervene with our school values in mind, if needed. Any student feeling unsafe or anxious at school for any reason should reach out to an adult. 


Due to media coverage of this ongoing violence, our children are likely aware of this conflict and may have questions or concerns about their own safety as they grapple with this information.  We also recognize that, as parents, you might feel challenged by these difficult circumstances as you help your children process the events in Ukraine. 


Here are resources for talking about the conflict with your children.
How to talk to children about the invasion of Ukraine: Guidance centered around being truthful and transparent in a developmentally appropriate manner while providing a space for our children to effectively process and share their feelings.
Students may ask how they can help. Here is an example of some of the charitable organizations active in the area.

Helping Your Students Cope With a Violent World: Edutopia article features strategies for helping children make sense with historical perspective, feel empowered, and inspire them to feel hopeful.
How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War: Common Sense Media gathers tips and conversation starters to help you talk to kids of different ages about the toughest topics.
Talking to Your Kids About War: VeryWell Family explores ways families can speak with young people about war, including tips on sharing information and restricting media coverage.
We encourage you to talk with your children about the importance of peace and the sanctity of human life. We are here to support your family as the world grieves the losses being felt by the people of Ukraine. 


Respectfully,


Dr. Ayindé Rudolph, Ed.D.

Superintendent


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