We are heartbroken over today’s news of a school shooting at a Connecticut elementary school which left 27 people dead, including 18 children, according to the latest news.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the students, teachers and staff of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
We would like to assure our parents and guardians that safety is a priority of the Milton Public Schools. We treat each and every student here in the Milton Public Schools as if they were our own, and we regularly schedule lockdown drills, fire drills and other various safety precautions throughout the year, in coordination with the Milton Police and Fire Departments.
Our teachers and staff members were instructed not to share the news of the tragedy in Connecticut with our students today. It is your decision as their parents and guardians how to discuss this issue with your children in the home setting.
In what is supposed to be a happy and festive time of year, we share the grief of those who were affected by this terrible act.
The NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) has articles about how to speak to children about violence. Below is a link to one of the articles:
Please feel free to contact my office at 617-696-4809 if you have any further questions about safety precautions in our schools. I will be in touch with Maria Trozzi, friend of the Milton Public Schools and nationally-recognized grief counseling expert, to provide our teachers with advise on how to answer questions and deal with the grief of students, teachers and staff in the days and weeks to follow.