Message to Parents in the Wake of Tragic Newtown School Shooting

 
Dear parents,
 
Many of you have heard about the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown today. Please be advised, all children at all of our schools are safe. We will have regular dismissal today.
 
The safety of our students is our first priority. We take that responsibility very seriously. As part of heightened security measures throughout the city after the Newtown shooting, Police Chief Dean Esserman has stationed a police officer at every school and additional officers in the area of schools. 
 
We have contacted all of our principals and asked them and their security officials to be on heightened alert throughout the afternoon and through dismissal time. We are working with schools to make sure grief counseling is available to any child who needs it.
 
I ask the community to keep Sandy Hook School victims in your hearts and prayers over the coming days.