Once again, we are struggling to process an unspeakable horror at one of our nation’s schools. As a nation and as a community, we mourn with the Ulvalde, Texas school district, families, and everyone impacted by the tremendous loss of 21 students and teachers.
Fear, anger, and sadness are normal in the aftermath of such a shocking and life shattering event. The City School District of New Rochelle has clinicians and district employees available at all our schools to comfort our students and staff. We’ve asked our principals to make time and space for this.
Our security teams remain on high alert and the New Rochelle Police Department has increased patrols around our schools. We commit to staying connected to our children and each other in support during this time.
Security and emergency preparedness remain our top priorities at the school district. We have been working continuously to secure our schools by hardening our buildings, developing solid safety plans, conducting drills, implementing best security practices, improving technology, adding security staff, and utilizing partnerships with reputable experts and our law enforcement partners.
Our dedicated teams are here to serve our students and families and support each other. Yesterday, I shared with our staff a message about the importance of civic engagement for our young people. It is our hope that through their voices, presence, and actions, they will become the leaders and change agents needed to find solutions to these complex and elusive problems.