Updates from the Superintendent

Communication from the Superintendent 05-25-22
Posted on 05/25/2022
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Dear Central Berkshire Families,

Our hearts are with those in Uvalde, TX as they grieve the loss of some of their most vulnerable community members, their children, and those called to educate them. As we try to process this incomprehensible tragedy, I am reminded of and grateful for the ongoing heartfelt community support we experience daily. The partnerships we uphold with staff, families, and all community members are invaluable toward our safety and security.

Please know that there are ongoing efforts each and everyday in collaboration with emergency management, medical experts, and staff toward keeping our children safe and well in Central Berkshire Schools.

Central Berkshire educators recognize the significance of being accessible and available for all students during this time. This happens in a variety of ways to include morning meeting through Responsive Classroom, support from our guidance department and school adjustment counselors, and conversations with staff that take into account the following guidelines from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP):

  • Reassure children they are safe and review safety procedures
  • Create a sense of safety by returning to normal, predictable routines as soon as possible
  • Make time to talk and listen to the concerns and feelings of children
  • Limit the use of media consumption of these events to lower their stress and to maintain balance and perspective
  • Acknowledge that sleep difficulties are common and can lead to fatigue and poor participation

Additionally, the following resources may help provide guidance around difficult family conversations:

The National Association of School Psychologists Guide to Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (available in 11 languages)

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-safety-and-crisis/school-violence-resources/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers

The Child Mind Institute's Recommendations for Going Back to School After a Tragedy

https://childmind.org/article/going-back-school-tragedy/

I hope this provides some reassurance and guidance in light of a school tragedy-far from us-but one that we are holding close in our thoughts and hearts.

 

Take care,

Leslie Blake-Davis
Superintendent

 

Important information…

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Opportunities for CBRSD Community Involvement

If you are interested in becoming more involved as a Central Berkshire parent/caregiver, please consider joining our CBRSD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee or our Parent Advisory Group. Please email Michelle White ([email protected]) and she will share a Zoom link with you for participation.

CBRSD 2022-23 Calendar

The 2022-23 CBRSD Calendar is ready to view! Please click here to see our updated calendar.

Kindergarten Information:  2022-23

If you or anyone you know are planning to register a CBRSD Kindergartener, please find our registration information here. We will be planning a welcome at the end of this year as well as a special half day just before the first day of school.

Covid 19 Take-Home Antigen Testing Program

Participation in our Antigen Take-Home testing program remains open. If you are interested in participating and have not yet taken the survey, information can be found here.

Important Dates

  • May 30:No School/Memorial Day
  • June 16: Last Day of School
  • Aug. 31:First Day of School
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