Dr. Randy Ward, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools, released the
following statement today regarding the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary
School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Our unspoken agreement with families is
that you send kids to school and we keep them safe, sound and send them back a
little smarter. As a parent, that’s certainly the case for me.
parents today in Newtown, Connecticut, that agreement has been shattered by this
All of us who work with children take our
responsibility to keep them safe very seriously. It’s at the heart and soul of
everything we do. You can’t educate children without them being safe. As this
morning’s incident shows, sometimes, in spite of our best intentions, evil
forces upend our unspoken agreement.
The people in Newtown are in our
thoughts and prayers this morning. This is every parent’s worst nightmare.
Unfortunately, it is one we here in San Diego County are all too familiar with.
There is no easy way to make sense of tragedies such as this, but as
adults, we are charged with helping our children and keeping them safe. Locally,
school administrators and counselors will be meeting amongst themselves and with
students to discuss this incident and answer their questions. I also encourage
parents to speak with your children about the importance of alerting the
appropriate authorities when they see or hear something suspicious on or near
Every San Diego County school has established a safety
plan and lockdown procedures that contribute to maintaining a safe learning
environment for our students. In the wake of this incident, school personnel
will be reviewing those plans and continuing our ongoing relationship with law
enforcement to ensure we do everything we can to maintain the safety and
security of our schools. San Diego County Office of Education staff stand ready,
as do community partners such as County Mental Health, to provide resources to
help students and staff who need additional resources to process this tragedy.