Open Letter from the Superintendent on the Recent School School Tragedies

Open Letter from the Superintendent on the Recent School School Tragedies

Dear Alta Loma School District Families:

As you may have heard, several students in Rancho Cucamonga have tragically taken their own lives this month. Additionally, all of us in the Alta Loma School District are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students that attended Victoria Groves School. The District is committed in helping the family, our students, teachers and the community heal during this difficult time.

There is nothing more sacred than the safety and well-being of our students, and it’s important to know that ALSD has multiple systems of support in place for all of our students and families on a year-round basis, as well as detailed protocols that inform us how to respond to crisis situations.

The District’s multi-tiered comprehensive school counseling program offers a team of professionals that provide support for social, emotional and behavior related problems and crisis counseling. We recently hired an additional counselor and two behavioral health therapists to increase our counseling staff in this area to ten health professionals. In addition, our teachers and staff have been trained to identify signs of suicide.

We also have begun a social emotional awareness curriculum called Second Step. In the future, look for parent education nights concerning mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and suicide awareness. In addition, we will offer cyber safety training for parents.

We encourage you to carefully monitor and speak candidly with your student about these and other life issues. Our personnel and counseling services are available to students and families at any time for no cost, so please contact our District counseling staff or your school principal at any time if you have concerns.

Along with the many resources offered through the Alta Loma School District, we partner with a number of community organizations that stand ready to offer further support. Below you will find some helpful online links with additional information to better inform you and assist you.

 

Mental Health Resources Links

Healthy RC Mental Health Resources Brochure

https://bit.ly/2LfwZfb

 

Healthy RC Comprehensive Mental Health Resources List

https://bit.ly/2qSPGgA

 

Digital Safety for Parents and Youth

https://smartsocial.com/

Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors

www.allianceofhope.org

Parents of Suicides and Friends & Families of Suicides

http://pos-ffos.com/

Suicide Bereavement Support Group

909-894-9672 or 909-894-8673

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

1-800-273-8255

·         NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Referral Helpline

·         A confidential information and referral helpline to help you navigate the path to recovery for yourself or loved one. You are not alone, call (909) 399-0305.