Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff:
I am sure by now you have heard about the horrific tragedy in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, in which multiple elementary students and adults were killed and injured by a gunman. We are extremely sensitive to the stress, anxiety, and fear that this incident will cause for many in our school community and I want you to know that we will have counselors prepared to speak to any students and staff who would like some support in coping with the aftermath of this tragedy.
Please know that our District has worked diligently to constantly assess, review and improve the safety and security in our schools and we will continue to be diligent in all of our efforts in this regard. In fact, as I am preparing this letter, the Upper Merion Police are present on our high school campus and will be present at each of our other buildings during the day. Additionally, the Bridgeport Police will have presence at Bridgeport Elementary School as well. Please know that we have an amazing relationship with both the Upper Merion and Bridgeport Police and we have standard visitation protocols in place so as to provide as much presence in and around our properties on a daily basis as possible and that will never change. Additionally, our in-house security team is second to none and they have a very strong presence in each our buildings as well.
At the end of the day, my biggest responsibility is to do whatever I can to provide a safe environment for all of those that I serve. You have my word that our entire team along with numerous other resources will work tirelessly in order to continue to give each of you the confidence that we have done everything within our power to provide a safe environment for all who enter our buildings! We want all of our students and staff to feel safe and secure in our schools and we want parents to feel confident in sending their children to our buildings and we will settle for nothing less.
If you would like some support in talking with your children about this incident, the following are some resources you might consider:
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
Helping Your Child Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
Helping Children Cope with Frightening News
Should you have any additional questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at your convenience.
My sincerest regards,
Dr. Toleno, Superintendent