Rockwood Superintendent Bruce Borchers, Ph.D. issued the following letter to parents to explain how the school handled Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and what they do to prevent tragedy with in their own halls.
Dear Rockwood Parents:
As we learn more about the tragic incident in Newtown, Connecticut, our hearts go out to the Sandy Hook Elementary School community. This is an emotional issue as it relates closely to our lives as parents and educators. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families for their tremendous loss.
In light of this tragic news, we know that many Rockwood parents may have heightened concerns regarding emergency procedures. We want you to be assured that the Rockwood School District has made many preparations to deal effectively with emergency situations that could occur in or around the school. Our goal is to be as prepared as we can be for any potential emergency. We have emergency plans in place, and we practice regular drills, including intruder drills, to help protect all students and staff from harm. In addition, we work in partnership with local police and fire departments to ensure our schools are as safe as possible.
In terms of what took place in Rockwood schools today, our teachers and staff were focused on their regular daily learning activities. At the same time, our staff members are sensitive to the concerns and questions of their students. As we move forward next week, our guidance counselors will continue to be available to support students as needed. It is important that our students feel safe at school so they can continue to learn and grow academically and socially.
We’ve posted some tips for talking with children about tragedies and grief on our school website that parents may find helpful: www.rockwood.k12.mo.us/emergency/Pages/TipsforTalkingaboutViolence.aspx
We will do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of your children.
Bruce Borchers, Ph.D.