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Father commited suicide



Hello everyone,

I am a new teacher. The father of my fourth grade student committed suicide last night. I don't know if she saw him or not. I am really sad. I am going to talk to the psych. tomorrow and to the vp. Do you have any suggestions or advice? Any will be very helpful.

Thank you


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So sorry


I am so sorry to hear of your situation. I sort of understand, because earlier this year, one of my 4th graders lost his father in a freak accident. Because it's a small town, all of my other students knew about the accident. So, before he came back, I had a heart-to-heart talk with the rest of the class about appropriate comments to make and answered their questions as best as I could. When my student returned to school, I also referred him to the school counselor. He has not wanted to talk about the situation at all, and so, I have made a real effort to treat him as normally as possible. (Although, I have "loved" on him a little bit extra). I think that getting back into a routine is good for kids after a loss.
Also, I don't know if you'll agree with me on this or not, but I did not require that he make up all the work that he missed while he was out. I picked out the most important assignments and made sure those were made up, but some things, I just excused.
I hope that this helps you and again, I am so sorry.