Local school districts are working to reassure parents and students about the safety of their children after the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
I’m going to check in with districts throughout the day, but I’ve seen several messages that districts have sent out to parents and families. I’ll update as I learn more.
Northeastern released a lengthy letter, covering safety procedures in detail, offering tips for helping children cope with the news and telling them what to do if their child needs help.
Central York sent an automated call assuring parents that security procedures are in place and will be reviewed. It noted that the Central York High School student council joined a nationwide movement encouraging people to wear green and white – Sandy Hook Elementary School’s colors.
Northern York also issued a lengthy letter explaining safety precautions and including tips for helping kids cope.
Red Lion Area School District has resources for helping kids online, too, and Hanover Public School District has posted a message on its website as well. South Eastern has also posted resources online, and Spring Grove, Dallastown and West York have posted messages.
Update: Here’s some more information that didn’t make it into my story for tomorrow.
West York Supt. Emilie Lonardi said that additional administrators were at schools Monday morning to make sure parents saw a principal or other administrator when dropping off students. Principals talked to staff member, issuing reminders about safety. The district will review its crisis plan, as it does periodically.
Dallastown Supt. Ron Dyer said the district revisited what it did after the shooting at an Amish schoolhouse in 2006. Information about safety procedures and counseling is available on the district website.
York City Supt. Deborah Wortham said the morning message she records for students was dedicated to the Connecticut victims, and she also sent automated calls to parents, reassuring them about the safety plans and procedures in place.
She was in a school at 7 a.m. and saw teachers wearing green, in support of the Connecticut school.
Central York spokeswoman Julie Romig said in an email the district is reviewing protocols and working to identify any areas of concern or anything that needs a closer look in light of what happened in Newtown. They’re also going to continue working with law enforcement to ensure their plans are “in keeping with what they consider to be the most effective methods of providing safety and security” to the school community.
Parents, are your school districts’ efforts providing the answers that you need?