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Letter to CV Community: Events in Texas

Click here to read the letter in PDF format which also includes the tip sheet referenced below.

CV Community –

The senseless, horrific tragedy in Texas yesterday leaves us all shaken to the core. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the entire Uvalde community.

As a parent, I can’t even imagine losing a child.  I’m sure we all gave our children an extra hug or “I love you” within the last 24 hours. 

Here are some additional things that we all can do/continue doing:

  • School faculty and staff will continue to follow well-established school safety protocols.
  • We will continue to work closely with our School Resource Officer and local police departments.
  • Remain vigilant, especially on social media. If you see something that causes alarm, report it to your local police department or a trusted adult at school.
  • Review these “tips” from the National Association of School Psychologists as a resource to use as appropriate.

Whenever we have tragedies like these, keep this in mind:

  • Schools are safer than the communities they serve.
  • Schools have well-established safety plans reviewed by safety professionals.
  • School safety protocols/devices are not based on knee-jerk reactions but are based on extensive safety research.
  • Schools continue to be aware of, and address, mental health issues.
  • Our best proactive defense is communication. Our children often know something is “not right,” usually through social media.  We have a Safe2Say program to report concerns, as well as trusted adults in all our schools that students are encouraged to contact with any concerns.

Together, the entire CV community will continue to work to keep our students, faculty and staff safe.

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Dave Zuilkoski, EdD