Richmond, VA—After the tragic massacre of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, security measures in central Virginia schools are being examined.
Administrators of Richmond City Public Schools say they dispatched over forty counselors throughout the school system on Monday, to assist parents, students and staff who may need help coping with the Newtown tragedy.
A letter sent home to parents on Monday from Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Yvonne Brandon states: "We are currently reviewing our safety and security protocols district-wide. Moreover, our safety and security personnel will be visiting schools to review
proper procedures with building administrators and staff." A tip sheet on how to deal with national crises from National Association of School Psychologists was also included in materials sent home with children.
A release from Henrico County Public Schools says the safety of their children is paramount. Saturday, the division leadership asked our elementary principals to work with students who may seem concerned. We've asked principals to review all safety procedures with the faculty and staff to be sure that everyone is very aware of the procedures and is following them closely. We want them to be sure to know who is being admitted to their buildings and why they are there," the release reads.
Chesterfield County Schools sent information about its safety procedures home with students Friday afternoon.
"The school division has a critical incident plan, which includes prevention and response efforts. This document is
reviewed and revised annually. Each school has its own critical incident team and customized response and
prevention procedures. Included are evacuation plans in the event of an emergency. Critical incident teams from
each school participate in planning meetings, trainings and drills throughout the year," a letter to parents states.
Other schools in the area are being praised for their enhanced security measures.
An 8News viewer from Louisa County wrote to us: My granddaughter attends Jouette Elementary School. Upon arrival to drop her off there were four Louisa County Deputies present and I am told there has been a security guard hired. GOOD FOR LOUISA COUNTY!"
Although all schools are working to improve their security measures and to help students deal with the tragic incident in Connecticut, a rumor of planned violence at King George High School has led to an investigation. Faculty and police looked into reports of a planned violent attack at the school on December 21; they say the reports are unsubstantiated.
King George Public Schools superintendent Robert Benson said Saturday that an increased number of sheriffs will be stationed at all Prince George schools. "The support [of the additional sheriffs] is intended to make everyone feel safe in the wake of what happened in Connecticut," he said.
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