OHS Counselors Advise Teachers with Grieving Students 9/13/13
CBS 7 News
September 13, 2013
Odessa, TX - Alicia Levario, a sophomore at Odessa High, died today from injuries she received in a car crash September 4th.
“Hearing information from a teacher here lets students know we are aware and are prepared to provide support. It can also help forestall rumors,” said in a note to teachers and staff.
“Alicia survived in for over a week in very critical condition in intensive care at Medical Center Hospital, but her injuries proved to be too severe, and she did not survive,” teachers read to students after second period Friday.
When funeral plans become available, information will be provided for teachers and staff to give to students who ask.
Teachers also told students if they would like to talk to someone about Alicia’s death, the school has additional counselors available.
The counselors also told teachers today that class discussion is at their discretion, if comfortable having one and “it’s okay for students to see that teachers are affected. That role-models permission for students to be genuine around teacher, with their own uncomfortable emotions.”
Counselors also gave tips for Teaching Someone Who is Grieving such as:
* Sleep and appetite disturbances are common, early on.
* With young people, some regression in emotional development is often observed.
* In response, shorter, less complex tasks can be helpful.
* Acknowledgement that one’s best academic work is unlikely while grieving can also be helpful.