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Addressing Violence in the Middle East

Here is a list of suggestions for teachers, parents and caregivers who assist inquisitive children in understanding the world.

Our thoughts are with those impacted by the terrorist attack on Israel and the violence in the Middle East. The safety and well-being of Clarke students, their families and our staff are our top priorities. We remain dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for all members of the Clarke community, and we reject all forms of hate and prejudice.  

Here is a list of suggestions for teachers, parents and caregivers who assist inquisitive children in understanding the world.

Adapted from the Child-Mind Institute and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

  • If students ask questions about the war in Israel, be prepared to share brief details that are developmentally appropriate. Show them the region on a map; it may be unclear how far away they are from the conflict. Understanding their distance from the region may increase their feelings of safety.
  • It’s okay to let students know that you’re feeling sad but try to remain as calm as possible. Children can absorb our strong emotions when we’re visibly upset.
  • Don’t share too much information on the topic; it’s preferable to answer questions honestly and assure children of their safety. Emphasize the presence of helpers—all over the world.
  • Stick to routine. Stay on track with your typical daily schedule; children thrive on expected routines.
  • Extend patience and grace. Children’s behaviors may change during times of stress, so extend understanding and grace to them as they manage some unexpected feelings or fears. The same goes for how you care for you; be gentle with yourself.

In addition, we share the following resources:

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