Welcome back as we start our second semester! I look forward to a great year of learning, engagement and growth!
As we return to remote learning this week and in-person learning next week starting with group “A” and preschool students, I recognize that many recent events in our nation coupled with the ongoing global pandemic are unsettling. As a community, we need to make sure that we are: supporting evidence-based responses to the pandemic; speaking out against racism, terrorism, injustice and violence; and, addressing and supporting the feelings of concern, anger and frustration that our students and staff may be experiencing. I encourage you to join me as #APSFightsForKids.
In Aurora Public Schools, mental health is a top priority. APS CARES about the mental, physical and emotional health of our students, staff and community. Our Mental Health and Counseling team regularly connects students and families with community partners. Please know that the mental health resources listed below are available to you, your student and your family.
- If you or a loved one is in imminent danger, please call 9-1-1.
- For urgent counseling, call Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-TALK (8255), or text “Talk” to 38255. This service is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
- One of our main partners, Aurora Mental Health, operates six centers in Aurora. Visit aumhc.org for details.
- All APS employees have free, 24-hour access to counseling and other services through our Employee Assistance Program. Please call 1-888-324-2631 or visit hr.aurorak12.org/eap. APS has also partnered with Meru Health, which offers support to all APS staff through a free and 100% confidential 12-week program accessible via smartphone. Click here for more information.
For support regarding how to speak with your student(s) about violence, racism and terrorism, please visit the links below:
- Talk to your Children About Recent National Events
- Teaching about Race, Racism and Police Violence
- National Association of School Psychologists: Helping Children Cope with Terrorism - Tips for Families and Eductors
- How to Teach the U.S. Capitol Attack: Dozens of Resources to Get You Started
As always, you can find information about our mental health resources by visiting mentalhealth.aurorak12.org.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to a strong second semester and welcoming students back for in-person learning next week!
- Superintendent Rico Munn