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DPS and Denver Board of Education Statement on Events in Afghanistan and Haiti

Aug. 16, 2021
 

Today has been a day of devastating news coming from around the world–with reports of a large death toll from the earthquake in Haiti and violence and chaos erupting in Afghanistan. We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring DPS is a Safe and Welcoming School District for all of our children and to fully supporting all of our students and families who have loved ones around the globe. We will ensure that counseling support is available for anyone who needs it, and our thoughts are with everyone affected by these tragic events.

For students and families: All DPS schools have mental health providers (school social workers and school psychologists) and many also have counselors and other staff that will be available to support students and families with dealing with their thoughts around these events. Please reach out to your school to get connected to these supports. For help talking about these difficult events with your child, we also encourage you to review the National Association of School Psychologists’ guide for parents and caregivers.

For DPS staff: We encourage members of Team DPS to access the resources available through our Employee Assistance Program.