Dear Staff and Families,
We have reached the projected peak in lower Fairfield County and Stamford and I believe most of us, if not all, have been impacted in some manner by the COVID-19 virus. As your superintendent, my heart is full of sadness for those in our school community who have lost beloved family members and friends.
Finding ways to cope with loss at this time is difficult, mainly because of the social distancing component of this epidemic. Usually when we experience loss, we are able to come together, mourn and support one another. However, the COVID outbreak has limited our ability to support one another the way we would have during ordinary times.
One of the people to whom we have turned to and relied on during times of loss in Stamford is SPS Department Head for Social Work Joseph O’Callaghan. Mr. O’Callaghan is usually my first call, after I receive those fretful late night or early morning phone calls informing me that we have lost a member of our school community. During these times, he is always willing to provide support and remind us that there is no right or wrong way to feel, that we all respond differently.
A couple of weeks ago, I reached out to Mr. O’Callaghan and to Director of Family Engagement Michael Meyer (another person who is always willing to lend a helping hand) to discuss how we can best support families and staff during this unique time in our lives. During our discussion, they reminded me once again that we all experience stress and anxiety differently, and that each individual must find the coping mechanism that works best for them.
With that in mind, I remind each of you to look at Resources during Closure on the SPS website for links to many helpful resources. In the coming days, we will also post a mindfulness video appropriate for staff and families alike. And in the coming weeks, we will begin hosting small group discussions, as an opportunity to share challenges and solutions with one another.
It is important to note that our social workers, psychologists and guidance counselors continue to support our students through this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your building leader or a staff member if you or your student is in need of social emotional support.
We will continue to pull together while apart.
Dr. Tamu Lucero