December 17, 2012
Dear Parent or Guardian,
It has been a difficult weekend watching the continuing news from Connecticut. For many of us, so much of our time has been spent thinking about families we do not know, of families who will now occupy our thoughts and sympathies for some time to come. Our hearts go out to all in the Newtown, Connecticut school community affected by Friday's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Please be assured that in the Columbia Heights Public School District student safety is our top priority. Our schools and district have a comprehensive crisis plan in place to help avoid similar tragedies. Our schools are safe places, and our school staff work with parents and public safety providers to keep children safe.
We are sure that the event of last Friday may have been discussed in many of your homes throughout the weekend, and will continue to be in the days to come. For that reason we are sharing helpful tips provided through the National Association of School Psychologists website: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/terror_general.aspx
If you have concerns about your child's reaction to these events please contact your child's principal, teacher, or school social worker for assistance. During difficult events it is all the more important that we respond with care and concern as a community.
Kathy L. Kelly Superintendent
If you would like this information in Spanish, please contact Ivonne Padilla at 763-528-4536.