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Lakeville Superintendent Responds to Newtown Connecticut School Shooting

Dr. Snyder: "I have asked all of our principals to review their plans and procedures this week and send me recommendations for improvement."

Editor's note: The following is a letter to Lakeville Area Public School parents, students and families, from Superintendent Dr. Lisa Snyder addressing the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, on Friday. Visit our sister Patch in Newtown for local coverage of the tragedy.

Dear ISD 194 Community:

It is with disbelief and a saddened heart that I write to you today. By now all of you have heard about the tragic events that occurred yesterday at an elementary school in Connecticut.

I want to personally assure you that safety is our absolute number one priority. Although we have safety plans and regular drills in place, there is always room for improvement. To that end, I have asked all of our principals to review their plans and procedures this week and send me recommendations for improvement.  

Ironically, I recently met with some concerned parents about this very issue. As a result we are already in the midst of an analysis of our security needs.  

Please do not hesitate to contact our school psychologists, counselors, teachers and principals to share any needs your child has or a concern you would like to share.

My prayers and thoughts are with the victims of this horrific event.   

In peace, 

Dr. Lisa Snyder, Superintendent of Schools, Lakeville Area Public Schools

Tools:

Below are some links to some resources from the National Association of School Psychologists.

Dean December 17, 2012 at 01:19 AM
With armed guards we guard banks, malls, courts, airlines, military bases and many other businesses. I think it's time we guard our children in our schools regardless of cost! Properly trained teachers becoming licensed "School Marshalls" could have ended that lunatic in his tracks before he could have done so much horrendous damage!
Matt F December 18, 2012 at 02:33 AM
you cant be everywhere at the same time...just like 9/11 issues with protecting anything and everything.

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