The violent events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 were difficult to experience and may have brought up strong emotions for both students and adults. To help educators and parents navigate questions or concerns from young people, the San Diego County Office of Education has compiled resources to support those conversations on this SDCOE Equity Resources webpage.
While adults may not have all the answers right now, they can still provide reassurance and guidance:
Adults bear a responsibility to protect and support young people through crisis and trauma. In normal times, classrooms would be the place where children could get help navigating the scenes that have filled our television screens, social media, and newspapers.
"Though many of our campuses are closed, we still have a moral obligation to create safe spaces to discuss race, inequities, and recent events with children -- and now, to help parents do the same," said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. "All students should feel safe to talk about their worries or fears authentically, without discomfort."
Educators play a pivotal role in helping students understand what events like this mean in their lives and in their country. Classrooms should be spaces that are respectful of all perspectives. Teachers are free to discuss matters of public concern, so long as they do not take a political position or espouse political versus factual beliefs, according to SDCOE's legal team analysis of First Amendment rights of public employees.
SDCOE remains committed to the important civic mission of our schools and to a sound history-social science education that helps this country's next generation learn and move forward.