Conn. School Massacre; Local School Districts Issue Statements

Two local school districts have issued statements regarding the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Fresno Unified School District:

The Fresno Unified School District joins the rest of the nation in offering our deepest condolences to those affected by the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Undoubtedly, the days, weeks and months ahead will be very difficult for them and I pray that they will find peace and understanding.

Clovis Unified School District:

The tragic December 14 events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary in the state of Connecticut affect us all. In addition to holding our own loved ones closer, questions about how to talk to young children in times of tragedy and about what are our own schools are doing to protect student safety come immediately to mind.

Following are just a few of the many things Clovis Unified does to make student safety a priority every day.

A Clovis Unified police officer is stationed at each secondary school. These officers are readily available to our elementary schools if needed. Additionally, we have an outstanding relationship with local law enforcement agencies who support our school safety efforts.

Administrative staff are vigilant about supervising students during the school day and have been trained (as recently as November) by law enforcement on how to respond to situations involving an active shooter.

Clovis Unified has a strict expectation that all visitors on campus check in at the front office before proceeding anywhere on campus. Visitor badges are one way to identify who should, and shouldn't, be on campus.

Together we are our own best resource to keep our community and our schools safe. Frequent conversations with our students occur over the course of the year about reporting any potential threats to an adult in order that such reports can be investigated.

Flags are flying at half staff at all Clovis Unified buildings, and staff members have been provided with information to share with parents who may have questions about how to talk to their child in times of tragedy.