Talking about the news with your children

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From Yukiko Matsuoka

SFUSD Families and Community,

Welcome back from Thanksgiving break. While the holidays are a time when many come together to celebrate and be with loved ones; I also want to acknowledge that there are a lot of events happening in the nation and close to home that can bring up feelings difficult to manage.

Though the devastation of the fires in California felt first-hand the challenges of poor air quality, which though temporary, brought a small impact to us here too. Children from kindergarten through high school may experience fear, anxiety, and confusion as they try to understand events going on in our world. Adult reactions to all of these events may also compound the anxiety our children express in different ways.

We want you to know that SFUSD school social workers, counselors, nurses, and other support staff have been provided with resources and training to support individual students and classrooms when dealing with fear and anxiety. We have included links to some of these resources below that you may find useful in supporting your child(ren) in times of stress and worry.

Wishing you and your family peace and wellness,

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Dr. Vincent Matthews, Superintendent of Schools