Monday, December 10, 2007

Timing of closure process

I've heard a number of emotional stories about enduring school closure and although some would say there is no way to do it without creating animosity, I think the answer lies in timing. We need to allow sufficient time for communities to feel heard, to know they've been given a fighting chance and, if closure is indeed the only option, they need time to realize this fact, to grieve the loss and to grow to accept this reality. Like a death, you don't ask people to "get over it" within a matter of days. And like a death, you help people rebuild their lives afterwards.

The process needs to be compassionate, human and sensitive. People will not remember what we said but they will remember how we made them feel.

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