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Local Schools Review Safety Procedures

District 109 and Deerfield High School communicate with families on the best way to help children in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown.

School officials in Deerfield wasted no time communicating with families about safety and students’ emotional well being over the weekend in the aftermath of the shootings Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

In Deerfield Public Schools District 109, Superintendent Renee Goier sent an email to all families Saturday letting them know the efforts of the District over the weekend to be ready to help children with emotional and other needs today.

In particular, school psychologists and social workers will be ready to help students and will be looking for any signs leading them to believe a child needs attention. Parents who feel their children will benefit from meeting with a counselor should contact the student’s teacher.

“They (the psychologists and social workers) will be looking and listening for concerns, and they understand the best ways to talk to students about the situation,” Goier wrote in the email. Class discussion of the subject is not expected, according to Goier.

“Our school psychologists and social workers have found that those conversations tend to be difficult because students come to class with different levels of understanding and anxiety,” Goier wrote. “All of us throughout the District will be focused on keeping the daily routines that do so much to comfort children.”

Goier will be attending a meeting later today with Deerfield Police Chief John Sliozis and Township High School District 113 Superintendent George Fornero to review safety procedures. Fornero sent an email to Deerfield High School families Sunday assuring them about safety.

“There are many external and internal safety measures that we do and will continue to implement,” Fornero wrote in the email. “We work closely with the Deerfield and Highland Park Police Departments. We follow their lead in all school safety matters.”

At Holy Cross School in Deerfield, all faculty and staff are trained in FEMA procedures. This is a requirement of the Chicago Archdiocese, according to Principal Janice DiVincenzo. The school regularly conducts drills with local police and fire departments. 

In her email, Goier also listed a number of resources for families seeking ways to deal with concerns they may have

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Walter White December 20, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Ineffective only because it's watered down by people like you.
McCloud December 20, 2012 at 08:31 PM
You ready to go door to door looking for guns? Maybe get the Marines involved?
Walter White December 20, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Nope.
McCloud December 20, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Then why bother. Writing something down on paper does not make it happen. Enforcing it is beyond our capacity, sort of like we can't escort everybody safely across every street in America. The soup of the day is these guns, in five years you guys will be blasting away at something else when the soup flavor changes. Been through these soup du jours before, besides the President is busy being the President, his time is taken up with pesky Republicans.
D'skidoc December 21, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Ron, you missed my point about Scalia. He is a dyed in the wool constitutional originalist. Means HE doesn't feel that the Constitution is "living, breathing, document". As for the NRA, they represent the gun manufacturers, not the rank and file owners, at least politically. This is always about the money and the power.

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