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Statement & Resources from BPS Regarding the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Boston Public Schools stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian community in Boston and abroad. Our thoughts and support are with you during this difficult time. 

Please find below resources to assist conversations about the Russian-Ukrainian conflict with your students and children:

EdWeek's five tips on "How to Talk With Students About Ukraine":

  1. Consider the development and age level of your students.
  2. Encourage students to identify ways in which they can make a difference.
  3. Explain why it is important to pay attention to what is happening in other parts of the world.
  4. Pose nuanced, objective questions to high school students about the crisis.
  5. Share stories of what regular people are experiencing.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Resources in Response to the War on Ukraine

The recent attack on Ukraine has impacted many families in the United States, especially our military and veteran families and those who have family living in the region. The NCTSN and our partners have resources for those families who may need support during this time:

Military and Veteran Family Resources

General Child Trauma Resources

Additional Helpline Resources

  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.
  • Military OneSource – call 1-800-342-9647 for eligible DOD service members and their families.
  • Veterans Crisis Line – call 1-800-273-8255, press “1” or text 838255 for all service members.
  • PTSD Consultation Program – for providers who treat Veterans. Ask a question by calling 866-948-7880 or emailing 

For those that are needing technical assistance or additional resources, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Greg Leskin for Military and Veteran Family resource questions and Dr. Melissa Brymer at for all other questions.

Resources from Jess Madden-Fuoco