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.

Sincerely,
Sylvester Perez
Interim Superintendent