If you're a parent or grandparent, Sioux Falls School Counselor Renee Halde has a message worth hearing!

In light of the recent Connecticut tragedy, Renee, who has been a counselor at John F. Kennedy Elementary School for the past 11 years, says it's important not to over-plain what happened.  "It's also important to limit the amount of time spent watching the coverage of the tragedy on television."

Another recommendation is too talk about safety at home and at school  "Let the children know what happened is a rare occurrence and that we as adults are here to protect them."

The bottom line, according to Renee Halde ,is to be a good listener.  "Assure the kiddos they are safe both at home and at school."

Here in Sioux Falls we want to thank our great teachers.