Superintendent's Office

January 2, 2013

 

Dear CNUSD Community,

 

Happy New Year! Spending time with family and unwinding during the holidays provided us all with much needed rejuvenation, a fresh perspective and more importantly, a time for reflection in the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut. As we return to our schools and work sites next Monday, we are all still deeply impacted by the senseless act of violence that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our warmest thoughts and sympathy are with the families of the victims.

The safety of our schools here at CNUSD continues to be of utmost importance. We continually enforce school safety measures each and every day to make sure our students are provided with the safest learning environment. During the past two weeks, I have held numerous meetings and conversations with leaders of our school board, local law enforcement agencies, cabinet members and other school superintendents to receive school safety updates and recommendations. Our cities and district continue to work closely together to ensure that support and communication are in place to address any emergencies. With district guidance, our principals will be meeting next week to review and reinforce school safety policies and procedures. All schools have a safety plan in place and all required personnel have received proper training in executing the plan in the event of a school crisis.  

The loss of young children and loved ones from such tragic circumstances will no doubt have an emotional impact on our school community. Our mental health professionals will be ready to respond to the emotional needs of our students and staff. Please do not hesitate to seek assistance concerning school safety procedures by contacting your school administrators. CNUSD is a family, and we will continue to support each other during difficult times.  

 As law enforcement experts recently reminded me, school campuses remain one of the safest places to be for children. CNUSD and our community partners are absolutely committed to safety as a priority. I would like to share one recommendation that I received from a mental health expert: keep routines as consistent as possible and reassure our students that we will do everything we can to keep them safe. For your information, I am attaching a helpful resource published by the National Association of School Psychologists, "Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers”.

 May the new year bring you good health and prosperity. Let's all get ready for teaching and learning!!

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Lin

CNUSD Superintendent