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Mt. Diablo School Superintendent Delivers Message To Parents

Superintendent Steven Lawrence offered his condolences and assurances after the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school

It's the questions parents will ask themselves after a horrifying incident such as the shooting Friday morning at a Connecticut elementary school.

How can I protect my children? Are they safe at school?

Twenty-seven people were killed — the majority of them children between the ages of 5 and 10 — at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The violence is the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

Some security measures were in place at Sandy Hook.

The school's doors are locked at 9:30 a.m. and visitors are required to sign in, according to the school's website.

When the violence erupted Friday morning, the school went on "lockdown," according to media reports. That means teachers and staff locked students inside classrooms rather than risk evacuation.

In response to the shooting and the understandable concerns, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Superintendent Steven Lawrence sent out a recorded message to the homes of parents on Friday.

In it, Lawrence said "our thoughts and prayers go out" to the victims as well as the members of the Sandy Hook Elementary School community.

Lawrence assured parents every school in the district has a site safety plan and measures are taken to minimize the risk of a stranger coming on campus. Among the measures are school doors being locked after classes start and visitors being required to go through the office to get on campus.

Lawrence said there is a link on the district website for parents who are seeking resources to help them or their children cope with the tragedy.

Will December 15, 2012 at 01:57 AM
The message below went out to parents in the San Ramon School District. Wish the Walnut Creek City Council would pay attention and fund school resource officers in Walnut Creek. "We continue to work very closely with the San Ramon and Danville Police Departments, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District to ensure safe campuses at all of our schools. These efforts include both prevention and response strategies, with a high priority on effective communication during an emergency. We were assured that today, in particular, local police officers have been a visible presence on all of our elementary and middle school campuses. Each of our high schools has a full-time school resource officer on campus every day."
CA schools CAN DO MORE to be proactive and protect students from gun violence! It is the responsibility of school officials and parents to do everything possible to keep children safe at school. And, by law, it is the responsibility of parents to make sure their firearms are safely and securely stored. Superintendents and Principals can send home a memo to help educate gun-owning parents and relatives regarding California laws requiring the safe storage of firearms. (See example of Ready Springs Union Elementary School District memo here: http://bradycampaign.org/chapters/california/) We need stricter gun laws in this country AND we need to educate gun owners about their responsibilities for safe storage. Sending the memo home is a proactive, cost-effective measure that could save a child's life. We pray for the devastated families of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

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