BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – The Boulder Valley School District said none of its buildings were damaged by the Marshall fire and that schools will open as planned on Wednesday.
“Our maintenance staff have confirmed that none of our buildings were damaged by the flames and they are in the process of ‘air scrubbing’ buildings that were hit by smoke,” BVSD website said. “In addition, Xcel Energy has restored electricity to all of our buildings and we are told that natural gas must be turned on again on Tuesday.”
Due to the impact of the fire on teachers and staff in the area, the district is offering temps a fee of $ 175 during the week and $ 200 on Fridays. There is a need for childcare and food service staff, as well as bus drivers and guards.
The district encourages parents, students and staff directly affected by the fire to use resources and other students to be empathetic to the trauma some of their classmates may have endured.
“In addition, we recognize that this situation frightened many of us, including our children. This tragedy may amplify the trauma already experienced due to the other crisis situations we have faced over the past year, including the pandemic and “The Boulder shooting. Let’s all work to support each other and our children in this difficult time,” the site said.
The American School Counselor Association offers these tips for parents and children:
- Try to keep the routines as normal as possible. Children gain security from the predictability of routines, including going to school.
- Limit your exposure to TV and news.
- Be honest with children and share as much information with them as they are developmentally able to handle.
- Listen to children’s fears and worries.
- Assure the children that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
- Parents and adults must first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
- Rebuild and reaffirm connections and relationships.
BVSD said it will delay the release of report cards for a month and expect other consequences as society works its way through this tragedy.
More resources provided to parents of BVSD by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
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