Monday to Begin with Moment of Silence in Braintree Schools for Newtown Victims
Superintendent Dr. Peter Kurzberg released a statement about the Connecticut shooting on Sunday.
Below is a letter that was sent from Superintendent Dr. Peter Kurzberg to Braintree Public Schools parents on the Newtown shootings that left 27 people dead on Friday, including 20 schoolchildren.
December 16, 2012
We are all shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic and heart wrenching incident in Newtown, CT. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all who have any association with Sandy Hook Elementary School. The school committee and administration continue to work closely with the mayor and police department to keep our students safe, both at school and in the community. We will begin the day on Monday with a moment of silence in all schools and will reassure students that they are safe. You can help your child by reinforcing this message at home.
Our principals, in conjunction with staff, have plans in place to address what happened in Newtown with students in an age appropriate manner and to provide counseling and whatever other support that may be needed. In addition, we will have increased police visibility at our schools beginning on Monday and continuing throughout the school year. The important message that we are sending is that our schools remain safe places for your children, with a heightened awareness and vigilance towards maintaining a safe environment for students and adults in our buildings.
If you have concerns about your child or questions about how to address issues with your child, please call your child’s principal, or guidance counselor. In addition, the following link to the National Association of School Psychologists website, offers resources to help you have conversations with your child. http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/talkingviolence.pdf
At the end of the day tomorrow you will receive an update from your principal as to what occurred at school.
As always, thank you for your continued support.
Peter A. Kurzberg
Superintendent of Schools