Superintendent response to Connecticut shooting
Dear Parents, Community and Staff,
The events that took place today in Newtown, Connecticut, are deeply disturbing and our hearts and thoughts are with the families, students, school staff and faculty of Sandy Hook Elementary school.
This tragic event is a severe reminder of the importance of our safety procedures and our check-in and screening processes for all visitors to campuses. Educators will tell you that student safety is a top priority, and, though it’s rare for something like this to happen, we prepare for crisis situations by requiring regular training for schools and staff and reviewing our policies and procedures to determine if changes need to be made to strengthen them.
We also began further increasing security at our campuses last year, when we began installing key-card systems, under the most recent bond program, that require all visitors to be buzzed into the building during the school day. Bond money also is being used to install camera systems at many of our campuses.
We know that situations such as these can have a profound impact on children. If your child should need help in processing what has happened, please know that our school counselors stand by and are ready to assist.
To transform SAISD into a national model urban school district where every child graduates and is educated so that he or she is prepared to be a contributing member of the community.
Our primary purpose of improving lives through a quality education is driven by an unrelenting determination to graduate all of our students and prepare them for success in higher education. Our ideology is reflected in our fundamental beliefs, commitments and core values that guide us in our daily practices.
- Student Centered
- High Expectations
- Every student can learn and achieve at high levels.
- We are responsible for the education and safety of every student.
- We are responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the school system.
- Everyone should be treated with respect.
- People support what they help create.