Our beautiful community is obviously dealing with the catastrophe of the wildfires that have affected multiple communities, both in Sonoma and Napa counties, and beyond. I have already heard from several families in the school, both from the families of students and of staff, who have lost their homes and possessions. Obviously, these families are going to need the most support, but with a catastrophe of this magnitude, all of our students will need lots of care in the days, weeks and months that follow.
One hopeful note is that as of this writing, our school is intact. Our chicken coop and handball wall was damaged, but all of the other structures are fine. Our school will definitely be a needed place of refuge and comfort for our students when they are able to return. The Board of Directors and the staff will be working together to ensure that our school community offers your children what is needed during this time of trauma. The staff will be meeting this week to discuss next steps and brainstorm solutions to ensure our wonderful community is taken care of.
In the meantime, a free crisis counseling opportunity is available to all of our families by the Redwood Empire Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists this Saturday, October 21 from 11am-4pm at the Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave. (between Cherry and 7th streets), downtown Santa Rosa. Please visit http://www.recamft.org/event-2691924 for more information.
Please also visit the National Center Traumatic Stress Network that has specific information about helping children deal with the trauma of fires: http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/natural-disasters/fires/residential-fires
Please stay safe and take care of yourselves and each other!