Tragedy at UNC: A message from Supt. Nyah Hamlett, 8/28/23

  • Message from Superintendent Nyah Hamlett

    CHCCS staff, students and families,

    Like you, I am deeply saddened by today’s tragedy at UNC. I imagine that you, like myself and many others, are still processing the harrowing events that took place, and wondering about the information that we don’t yet know. I wonder if the right words exist at this moment, but I will try.

    Our schools and offices will be open on Tuesday, August. 29. Our highest priority is, and always will be, the physical safety and social-emotional well-being of our students and staff. In preparation for Tuesday, our School Support and Wellness team is guiding our schools with information and resources that will provide students space to express their feelings, and to have meaningful, age-appropriate discussions around topics that impact them. Students will be able to connect with one another to the extent that they’re comfortable, and to empathize with all who are impacted by this profoundly traumatic event.

    Many of the resources that are being shared with staff are available for our families as well. I invite you to visit our CHCCS CARES webpage, and scroll to the section titled “Discussing Violent Events with Students, Staff and Families”.

    Families, please know that our staff will be keeping a close eye on our students, and offering support throughout the week. If there’s something more you’d like us to know, please be sure to reach out to your student’s teacher, counselor, or other trusted adult at school.

    Finally, a word of gratitude. Thank you to our building leaders and school staff for quickly and calmly guiding our students throughout the afternoon. Thank you to our students for making us proud. And thank you to our families for your extraordinary patience, grace and understanding today.



    Nyah D. Hamlett, Ed. D.