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Dear Community Members,

As you know, a tragic shooting took place on Friday, December 14th at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Newtown community.

The attack highlights the importance of the security measures and response plans which are in place in our own district in order to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and faculty. Our District Safety Plan is reviewed and updates are made on a regular basis. The value of reviewing our plan in light of this latest tragedy is also apparent. To that end, I have asked that our administrators re-evaluate safety measures and security plans immediately for each of our schools and that our District Safety Committee review our district plan as well.

In addition, our mental health professionals will be prepared on Monday, December 16th, as always, to answer questions and concerns from our students, their parents and our faculty members.

Under these circumstances, parents may want to limit their children's access to details of the tragedy and to related media reports. Despite such attempts, children may, and probably will, hear about the events in Newtown anyway. Most important, they may share questions and express concerns.

As I stated previously, please know that on Monday, as always, our guidance counselors and psychologists will be available to provide support, answer questions and address concerns from students, parents and faculty. Our mental health professionals can be reached by calling the Main Offices in each school. As always, our teachers and administrators are also here to provide needed assistance and support. Please do not hesitate to contact them.

Parents who would like to access additional information immediately should consider using the following resources:

The National Association of School Psychologists:http://www.nasponline.org/resources/handouts/revisedPDFs/talkingviolence.pdf. It contains an informative and insightful document entitled, "Talking Tips about Violence: A Guide for Parents and Teachers."

Information is from The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/15/health/tips-for-talking-to-children-about-the-elementary-school-mass-shooting.html?_r=0


http://www.childrensnational.org/files/PDF/DepartmentsandPrograms/ichoc/SchoolShooting.pdf

 
 
 http://www.aboutourkids.org/articles/school_shootings_helping_teens_cope_guide_parents

 
 
 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15109195/ns/health-childrens_health/t/how-talk-your-kids-about-shootings/



In the event that I can be of any assistance, please call or write.


Sincerely,


Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund

Superintendent of Schools