As you are aware, our
school community has experienced a shooting resulting in the tragic loss of two
young people. This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions
for our entire school, community, and especially our students. So that we might
help the students through this difficult time, I wanted to inform you of what
we are doing at school.
At school, children are
allowed to have time to process recent tragic incidents. We have made grief counselors available to
talk with children and staff as needed. The
safety of the school is emphasized. Each
child’s response to grief and community violence is different and we understand
that responses can be delayed. We will listen
to students’ questions and feelings. We
know we don’t have all the answers, but we are here to support your children in
a calm and caring manner within a safe location here at school.
I am confident that we
can work together to support the children of our community. Please do not
hesitate to contact the school office if you have any questions, concerns, or
would like assistance receiving additional support for your children and
family. Additional resources are available if needed. The office may be reached
by calling 412-466-9600.
The District has many
outside agencies available to your family for support. If you choose to call one of these outside agencies,
please state that you are calling in regards to the death in our community. This will ensure that you are transferred to
the right representative.
1. Turtle Creek Valley Mental Health –
2. Good Grief Center in Homestead – 1-888-474-3388
3. The Caring Place – 1-888-224-4673
Tips for Parents:
Please be aware that when
discussing the event in front of your child, not to make speculative comments
or discuss rumors. Please understand
that social media such as Facebook and Twitter can lead to rumors about the
death. We ask you to use your best
judgment and allow for family privacy.
Dr. Paul Rach
Superintendent of Schools