Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Letter from ARPS, Dr. Morris & Dr. Brady

Letter from Interim Superintendent Mike Morris & Director of Student Services Faye Brady in response to the fatal shooting in Amherst last weekend.

October 16, 2016

Dear Families,
Many of you may have heard the news this weekend that our community has suffered a tragedy. Late Friday night/early Saturday morning there was a fatal shooting in Amherst. Although this is still an active police investigation, we do know that one person was fatally shot and another is hospitalized.

When tragic events occur, we know that many will be impacted either directly or indirectly. It is important that we all recognize that there is no one way that people respond to tragic events and the impact of stress is experienced in many ways. There is no right or wrong way to cope and each person will need to use the coping skills that are appropriate for them. Below are several resources that you may find helpful to guide you as you and your family cope with our community’s tragedy. If you need a translated copy of any of these resources, please let us know.

If you would like your child to speak with a counselor or psychologist, please call your child’s school to let us know. Personnel will be available to meet with students as needed. Also, if you would like to share information that would be helpful for the teacher(s) to know, please let us know that as well.

As always, we welcome your partnership and support.

We offer our sympathy and support to all families that are suffering or struggling. Please stay in touch with us if we can directly support you or offer guidance towards resources that may be helpful.

Michael Morris, Ed.D.
Faye Brady, Ed.D.
Director of Student Services
School contact numbers: Crocker Farm: 362-1600; Fort River: 362-1200; Wildwood: 362-1400; Pelham: 362-1100; ARMS: 362-1800; ARHS: 362-1700; SEC: 362-1753