The following is from the Ossining Union Free School District:
Hello. This is Dr. Phyllis Glassman, Superintendent of Schools, calling to update you regarding the safety, security, and well being of our students and staff following the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
Now more than ever, I hope you were able to enjoy quality time with your family and loved ones this past weekend.
During the weekend, communiqués were crafted, a Community Vigil was conducted, and plans were outlined for this upcoming week.
Today, several action steps occurred.
- One: Emergency Response Teams met in our schools and throughout the District.
- Two: The Schools and District Safety Plans were reviewed.
- Three: The importance of careful supervision was underscored.
- Four: Relevant safety and security measures were reviewed.
- Five: Site visits to our schools were conducted.
- Six: “Talking Tips for Teachers” were distributed in the morning.
- Seven: The document “Talking To Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers” was posted on our District Web site as a “Quick Link.”
- Eight: We worked closely in partnership with our Police Department to heighten safety and security.
- Nine: Police volunteered to be even more visible in all of our schools throughout the school day.
- Ten: We reinforced the need for everyone, including parents, to follow District safety protocols.
- Eleven: Our goal for the day focused upon teaching and learning while students were supported in developmentally appropriate ways as needed.
In conclusion, in addition to the support provided in the schools by our staff, at home you are the eyes and ears of our students. Please always feel free to contact us with any information regarding your children that might be helpful to us in continuing to protect our students and staff daily.