To Parents and Guardians:
I know you join the Manchester School District in extending our thoughts and prayers to the community of Newtown, CT.
I want to assure you that our schools are safe and we will take the necessary steps to ensure the safety and welfare of your children and our staff. All of our schools have a “buzz in” system with cameras monitoring the front entrances with the exception of Manchester High School - Central. Each school has emergency response plans and continues to have drills to ensure that administrators, staff and students know what steps to take during a natural or man-made emergency.
As your children return to school tomorrow, each principal has developed a plan to respond to the needs of your children. Each school will allow time for students to discuss the recent events in Newtown, CT. In addition, the school personnel will extend their visibility throughout the school. We will have counselors and staff available throughout the week to respond to our students and staff needs.
I will be meeting with building administrators throughout the week and will have an updated review of existing emergency response plans to determine if any adjustments need made to the plans.
Here are some helpful resources you might consider when you are talking to your children regarding the tragedy in Newtown, CT.
Friends School of Atlanta offers the following suggestions:
As we all work through this difficult period, it is important to increase our level of vigilance and to share any observations or comments you hear that may be helpful to us in maintaining a safe and secure environment for our students and staff.
Superintendent of Schools
Manchester School District