The entire Wichita Public Schools family is deeply saddened to hear of the news of the tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with those families and the community.
There will no doubt be extensive coverage of this event on the news, and much discussion about it in the coming days. I want to assure you that the safety of our students is our top priority, and that our district schools have comprehensive safety plans in place to help avoid tragedies such as this. We update those plans annually, and school safety teams review the plans regularly.
As you support your children over the weekend and help them cope with this news, our district crisis team suggests several things for your consideration:
Limit your child’s media viewing and online access to these events. Don’t allow the television or internet 24-hour news cycle to consume your child’s attention. If you do watch news coverage of these events, watch briefly then turn the television off to talk with your child about what happened, listen to their questions, and assure them that they are safe.
Assure your children that they have your love and support. Try to help them understand what happened in an age-appropriate manner. Our children need to feel safe – at home and at school.
Assure your children that they are safe at school. As tragic as the event in Connecticut is, schools are without question one of the safest places for children. Your child’s school has safety procedures in place, and all of the adults at school are devoted to making sure children remain safe at school. We also have a strong partnership with local law enforcement officials, who place great priority on keeping our children and our schools safe.
Our district crisis team will be prepared on Monday to support students in schools who may have questions or concerns. If you have specific questions you may submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any time a tragedy like this happens, it reminds us of how precious life is, and how fortunate we are to work with our community’s young people. Thank you for all you do to support the Wichita Public Schools.
Alicia Thompson, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education
On Behalf of Superintendent John Allison