BY SUPT. KURT STEINHAUS
Los Alamos Public Schools
In times of grief and loss, our school family comes together to support one another.
With that in mind, on Monday, Jan. 11 and Tuesday, Jan. 12 a virtual grief support room will be available to students from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Clinical staff and school counselors will be able to assist students in processing the news of Josh Miko’s death throughout both days, using breakout rooms for small groups of students to gather and share. A separate virtual support session will be available for staff 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday.
In addition, we encourage students and staff alike to reach out to the people in their own personal networks to ask for and offer support during this very difficult time. Grabbing a mask and making plans to meet a trusted friend and go for a socially-distant walk can be a healthy way to connect with others when you need it the most. We will also have LAPS clinical and counseling staff who are able to meet for an in-person “Walk and Talk” session. These can be arranged on an individual basis by reaching out to District School Psychologist Caron Inglis (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Healthy Schools Director Kristine Coblentz (email@example.com). These sessions will be arranged at a location that is convenient and accessible, whether you reside in White Rock or Los Alamos.
A list of community therapists is available at this link. LAPS staff are eligible for three free counseling sessions through the district’s Employee Assistance Program. This benefit is strictly confidential and can be accessed by emailing Kristine Coblentz at firstname.lastname@example.org or HR Director Joe Palmer at email@example.com.
The unexpected death of one of our own may bring up a variety of feelings for many of us.