On Monday, all principals reviewed the district safety plan; executive planning committee will meet this week to review input from building principals and administration.
Editor's Note: The following letter was submitted by Dr. James Grossane, Levittown Superintendent of Schools.
The events that
have taken place in Newtown, Conn. this past Friday have both shaken and
saddened us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and community
of Newtown at this time.
weekend, I was in contact with our central administration team, principals,
psychologists and social workers regarding strategies on how to best deal with
this traumatic event.
On Monday, Dec. 17, all building principals
reviewed the district safety plan and procedures with staff. This annually
updated plan was developed in the aftermath of previous national tragedies with
input from staff, community and law enforcement.
As families and
educators, we have an obligation to speak with our children about this tragedy
and help them cope with their fears about this incredibly frightening event.
Therefore, we are following the American Psychological Association’s guidelines
on how to counsel the varying age groups of students as provided to us by New
York State Education Department Commissioner Dr. John B. King Jr. No
specific lessons or assemblies were held today to discuss the events of last
Friday. However, if students had questions, they were answered accordingly.
Students who needed further assistance were seen by support staff.
assistant superintendents and I met with each principal in their buildings
Monday to review specific aspects of the district safety plan. The
executive planning committee for the district safety plan will meet this week
to review any input from the building principals and administration as well as
any additional information that we may receive from law enforcement on ways to
modify our safety plan.
We recognize our
obligation to review our plan and make modifications as necessary. Once the
executive committee has met and we have received input from local, state and
federal law enforcement, any necessary recommendations will be made to the
Board of Education for their approval.
Dr. James J. Grossane
Superintendent of Schools
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