December 17, 2012
A tragedy such as the one that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut in the past week leaves adults lacking explanations and answers. Many events that have happened in other schools and communities only add to our sense of worry.
Like many of you, our initial reaction to this story is to question “how” could this have happened, and “what” might have been done to prevent it. Parents, community members and those reporting in the media are echoing these same concerns.
While we would all like to find a response that would provide us with much desired closure on these events, there are no easy resolutions. The tragedy that took place in Sandy Hook School should provide us with the impetus to examine our own schools and continue to work to ensure that our safety procedures are the best we can provide for our students and staff.
We have been working closely with our local police over the past several years to implement practices and procedures that would help us respond to any emergency situation. These emergency procedures are in place and are practiced routinely at the schools. Needless to say, we will never rest on the assumption that we are doing enough.
I assure you that we will continue to explore not only the physical security of our schools, but also, and primarily, the emotional security of our student body. We understand that hearing about such a terrible thing happening in a school will have a powerful impact on many of our children. Parents may see their child display a change in eating habits, sleeping problems, stomach discomfort or other physical symptoms. If this occurs, please contact your child’s principal or one of the counselors who work in each of our schools.
If we can help in any way or answer any questions regarding our school security procedures, please do not hesitate to call your school’s principal.
John Kazmark, Ed.D