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GLPS Families,

As we wrap up our school day and continue to work through the events from Michigan State University’s campus last evening, I want to provide you with some resources to help talk to your children about their feelings and concerns. Last night’s tragic events impact our school community in a myriad of ways; some of our kids stayed home today to address their needs and the needs of family members, while others found comfort in the routine of school, Valentine’s Day celebrations, and the supports provided by our staff, counselors, administrators, and facility dogs. I heard from a number of families today; some felt we should have canceled school, and some were appreciative that we didn’t, and I am thankful for everyone’s willingness to provide thoughts and feedback. As always, it is our goal to try to provide all of our students with what they need, and to do the best we can to ensure that we create an environment that helps our students and staff feel safe, supported, and connected. Different students, and staff members, need different things to feel this way, and I want to credit our entire school community for the support that has been provided by staff, students, and families alike across our district. I also want to make sure to thank our incredible GLPS team today for being there for one another and for our kids, even as many of them struggled with their own feelings and concerns.

Today, or in the coming days, your student may come home with additional questions or want to discuss their thoughts and feelings surrounding the tragedy. To help with this discussion, I encourage you to take a look at this resource, provided by the National Association of School Psychologists. It is a concise, easy to use document that helps us help our students process violent and traumatic events. We all are connected to MSU and the violence that occurred there last night in different ways, but please know that at GLPS, we are here to partner with you and your families as we navigate these trying times. 

As I said in my message this morning, my thoughts are with all families who were impacted by last night’s violence, and my heart goes out to those who lost loved ones. As we move forward, please make sure your students continue to utilize the resources we have available here at GLPS, and I encourage us all to take care of one another.

As always, I am #proudtobeacomet.

Dr. Bill Barnes

Dr. Bill Barnes
Superintendent of Schools