Friday, December 14, 2012

Tragic events in Connecticut

Dear Staff, Parents and Community members:

It is with a very, very heavy heart that I write you this evening in regards to the horrific and senseless tragedy that occurred at an elementary school in Connecticut where a gunman went on a rampage killing children and adults. I am sure you join me in prayers for those families and the community.

I have been asked about the procedures we take in our schools to protect the safety of our children.  We have very specific lock-down procedures in place and all schools conduct drills twice a year to ensure that staff and students are aware of the procedures.  In fact, on Tuesday of this past week, Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, Officials from Homeland Security Division, and SWAT Team professionals conducted a two-hour Active Shooter Seminar with our administrators and security staff providing guidance and lockdown protocols.

The Sheriff’s Department has offered to conduct security assessments of our schools as well as a review of our lockdown procedures to ensure that we provide the safest possible environment for our children.  We will definitely accept this offer and, in light of today’s tragedy, be extra vigilant in the coming days.

I imagine that your children may be very frightened by today’s events.  I encourage you to allow them to talk to you about their concerns.  If you feel that additional support may be needed, we will have counselors available for any family that may need this resource.

With deep sadness,

Marion Ginopolis