Sunday, December 16, 2012

Reflecting on Sandy Hook . . .
My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost children and loved ones in the tragedy that played out at Sandy Hook Elementary.  I first found out about it as I was preparing for learning walks with Rock Creek Elementary principal, Fritz Gere.  Like others and perhaps even more so than similar events in the past, this one is so very difficult to understand.  Innocent young people and the adults that cared for and supported them experiencing this tragedy simply makes no sense.

As we extend our thoughts and prayers to the people in Newtown, we naturally begin to reflect on our system and the structures that we have in place to create safe environments for the young people and adults in our schools.  I don't believe that there is a way to make a school or any public place 100% safe, but we have the responsibility to ensure that we are making the right choices in the safety measures that we choose to put in place.  We will begin this work by bringing together our School Safety Committee to review our current practices and to make recommendations that may be necessary for creating additional safety measures.

If you are looking for resources to support conversations with young people struggling with this event, you may want to visit Larry Ferlazzo's site.

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