Letter from Branford Schools on Newtown Tragedy

The following is a letter from the Branford Board of Education and Superintendent Hernandez regarding the Newtown tragedy.


Dear Parents and Guardians:

Friday’s horrific and shocking event has had a profound impact on our shared sense of security. Our entire school community is reeling from the unimaginable tragedy that Newtown is dealing with and they shall remain in our collective thoughts and prayers.

Many children will ask questions about the event and it is important that you provide the level of information you feel is appropriate for your child. In an effort to provide you with support when responding to questions, hyper-links to on-line resources are available on our school website. You may consider reviewing these resources and incorporating suggestions from them when responding to questions from your child.

We also encourage you try to limit your child's exposure to media coverage of this event, difficult as that might be. On Monday and in the days ahead, Branford Public Schools shall focus on maintaining a level of normalcy, but we will also to be prepared to support students and staff. In whatever way is necessary reassuring our students that their schools are safe and that we work together to maintain a safe learning environment is paramount at this point in time. The administrative team and staff have been advised about the importance of validating the emotions expressed by students and to guide them back to our normal routine.

In addition to supporting students and staff, every employee of BPS is reminded to follow our security procedures and practices. We must all understand and welcome any minor inconveniences associated with following simple rules and procedures, as these rules ensure the safety of our students and staff. Branford Public schools are safe, and although our sense of security has been shaken, it is well within our power to reassure our students and each other that we can contribute to the overall safety of schools and community by adhering to procedures and by maintaining a healthy sense of awareness.

In closing, we wish to restate the importance the board and district place on maintaining, and when necessary, improving our school safety. To that end, our schools conduct planned drills, and our emergency plans are reviewed regularly. In the weeks ahead, our collective effort will demonstrate to our children and the community that our highest priority is providing a quality education in a safe environment for all.

Hamlet M. Hernandez
Superintendent of Schools

Frank Carrano
Frank Carrano Chair, Board of Education

Arbie December 18, 2012 at 01:46 PM
My point exactly. I asked my kids yesterday if anything changed or was said in school about Newtown or any safety procedures and the answer was NO! Not even a police officer at the schools. North Haven, Wallingford and probably others had police officers at the schools. The world has changed once again last Friday, has no one learned anything from it? We live in different times now and things must change to insure our student's safety as well as the staff.
concerned citizen December 18, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The problems with the declining school systems will continue till the citizens of Branford change the board. To except this administration to do anything about security is ridicules. They can't even get ceiling tiles into WIS the first thing that needs to happen is the votes of Branford need to change the board then demanded a confident superintendent who will actually listen to the parents adviser board instead of just paying them lip services
bball fan December 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM
They don't listen to anyone. A good number of them sit there all hign and mighty and think becuase they have been on the board for so long that they know everything. They have all the answers because they go to seminars or read "perfect world" articles. They cannot handle day to day real life issues because they are afraid to upset the apple cart. They give you all the politically correct answers. Everything is a process and god forbid they make an actual decision that makes common sense. I wish people could get on overhead view of the high school and see how many people go in and out of every door in that school during school hours. The rent a cops sometimes catch the kids outside, but not until after the fact that the doors are not secure. I have complained about this for 2 years.
JEE December 18, 2012 at 10:57 PM
As usual, just a bunch of words. Where is the action? Need to do something overt to demonstrate the point, not referring people to websites.Too late now, but a pre-class assembly for parents and children at every school on Monday would have been perfect. If it had to do with building another Unk-building the town's response would have been different. How about taking the money set asside for the public works building and use it to secure the schools correctly. How about acting rather than re-acting.
JEE December 18, 2012 at 10:59 PM
That is correct. Too busy finding ways to get his contract extended.


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