Dear Parents and Staff,
First and foremost, we offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the Parkland shooting.
You may have noticed an increased police presence around our schools since the news of the tragedy in Florida. We are grateful to our local law enforcement for their protection and guidance. As always, they are also working with us to review all safety and security protocols in the district. While we believe our schools to be safe places, we also recognize that we must constantly be looking for ways to improve school security.
In the wake of such tragedies, we are often at a loss of how to help the young people in our lives, and how to make sense of the event ourselves. As a school district, we have been following the recommendations of mental health professionals about how best to assist young people in dealing with such situations, namely:
- Establish for them, to the greatest extent possible, their normal routine;
- Listen carefully to them; and
- Provide reassurance for them.
Below are a few additional resources. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
James Heinegg, Superintendent