Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Responses from Berkeley Education Leaders to the Newtown Tragedy

Many people are feeling vulnerable and asking questions about the safety of our students here in Berkeley.  Here are some excerpts from local and state education leaders' responses to the Newtown tragedy last week.

Today seems like a day to hug our kids a little harder’- Berkeleyside: A letter from BHS Pasquale Scuderi to the BHS community, which includes guidance he sent to staff on how to address the tragedy in class.  Excerpt: "While we will not overreact to the situation and turbocharge any anxieties students may be feeling in light of this news by somehow implying that this morning’s deeply tragic and appalling events constitute a threat at BHS, we will increase visibility of safety staff and administrative staff throughout the afternoon to hopefully provide some indirect reassurance to staff and students with lots of adult presence in the hallways." 

Review of California School Safety Urged in Wake of Newtown Tragedy- Berkeley Patch: A letter from Tom Torlakson, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Mark Ghilarducci, Secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency, urging schools to review their safety policies.

Do you think Berkeley Schools are Safe? A discussion on Berkeley Patch and an opportunity to share your questions, comments, observations and concerns.

This letter went out to Berkeley school families from co-superintendents Neil Smith and Javetta Cleveland. You can subscribe to the A+ news mailing list on the BUSD website.

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