In a letter sent to parents on Sunday, Spring-Ford Area School District sought to reassure parents that the district has emergency plans in place for many situations.
Referencing the Friday , Dr. Goodin wrote, "This is an emotional issue as it relates closely to our lives as parents and educators. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families for their tremendous loss."
Goodin wrote that the district administration is aware that many parents have heightened concerns for how emergency situations should be handled.
"We have emergency plans in place, and we practice regular drills," Goodin wrote. "In addition, we work in partnership with local police and fire departments to ensure our schools are as safe as possible."
Goodin said that the district will focus on regular learning activities when classes resume on Monday, but that teachers and staff will be sensitive to students' concerns and questions. Support staff, administrators, and counselors will be available should a student need help.
The full text of Dr. Goodin's letter is below.
Dear Spring-Ford Area School District Parents:
As we learn more about the tragic incident in Newtown, Connecticut, our hearts go out to the Sandy Hook Elementary School community. This is an emotional issue as it relates closely to our lives as parents and educators. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families for their tremendous loss.
In light of this tragic news, we know that many Spring-Ford parents may have heightened concerns regarding emergency procedures. We want you to be assured that the Spring-Ford Area School District Board of Directors and Administration has made many preparations to deal effectively with emergency situations that could occur in or around the school. Our goal is to be as prepared as we can be for any potential emergency. We have emergency plans in place, and we practice regular drills, including intruder drills, to help protect all students and staff from harm. In addition, we work in partnership with local police and fire departments to ensure our schools are as safe as possible.
In terms of what will take place in Spring-Ford schools this week, our administrators, teachers and staff will be focused on their regular daily learning activities. At the same time, all of our staff members will remain sensitive to the concerns and questions of their students. Our administrators, guidance counselors and support staff will continue to be available to support students as needed. It is important that our students feel safe at school so they can continue to learn and grow academically and socially.
With a busy week ahead and an increase in visitors to our schools due to the upcoming winter break, we will continue to maintain all security protocols, increase visibility and require all visitors to check-in and wear a visitor badge. We will do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of your children.
Dr. David Goodin
Spring-Ford Area School District Superintendent