Letter describes crisis plan and safety procedures.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The following is a letter from District 115 Superintendent Scott Wakeley. The Connecticut tragedy that occurred last week is a stark reminder of how crucial our safety procedures are and how important it is to continuously review these procedures. The safety of our students is always the top priority in Yorkville School District 115. We take seriously our responsibility to ensure the safety of your child every day. I would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our families that we have a crisis plan in place at each of our schools to handle emergency situations. Just yesterday, I met with the Yorkville police and fire departments to ensure our preparation. Additionally, our principals have reviewed safety procedures with our staff…
The National Association of School Pyschologists that addresses how best to address high-profile acts of violence.
In the wake of Friday's tragic shooting deaths in Newtown, CT, parents all over the country will be asked some very difficult questions by their own young students. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) offers these tips in helping parents talk about such tragidies: High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears. 1. Reassure children that they are safe. Emphasize that schools are very safe…