Lemont School Superintendent to Community: ‘We Will Work to Ensure Our Community That Lemont-Bromberek Schools Are Safe for Students, Staff and Visitors’
The killing of 20 children and six adults by a gunman who forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CN on Friday has prompted students and parents across the nation to ask, “Could it happen here?”
Sunday evening, Susan Birkenmaier, superintendent of Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A, sent a letter to parents to assure them that the district continues to be vigilant in its school safety efforts.
Police vehicles will be present as District 113A schools focus on responding to student concerns and enforcing safety procedures – and psychologists and social workers will be on hand for students throughout the week, Birkenmaier said.
The superintendent’s letter follows in its entirety:
As a measure of continued vigilance following the tragic school shooting event last week, we will work to ensure our community that Lemont-Bromberek schools are safe for students, staff and visitors. To that end, on Monday morning we will:
- Hold faculty meetings in each school to review with staff how to respond to student questions and concerns on school safety.
- Ensure that all safety procedures, such as locked doors and visitor sign-in are being fully enforced.
- Have a Lemont police vehicle present at each school as reassurance to the community that we continue to work together to ensure safety in our schools.
Thank you for working with us to keep our schools safe and orderly. We appreciate the confidence you place in our staff as we work through this difficult time.
As a reminder, talking points to assist children in understanding this school crisis are provided by the National Association of School Psychologists and are available at: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/talkingviolence.pdf.
Also, the district will have psychologists and social workers available for any students who need assistance in processing this tragic event through the coming week.
Please contact me or your school principal if you have any questions or concerns.
Susan Birkenmaier, Ed.D.
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