Funerals Begin Today For School Shooting Victims, Local Schools Review Response Plans
While the funerals will begin today for the students killed at Sandy Hook School in Newtown Connecticut, students here in New York schools will head back to school.
State Education Commissioner John King sent an e-mail to superintendents Friday advising school leaders to be alert for students or staff who might be struggling in the aftermath of the national tragedy.
26 people including 20 children were gunned down Friday by 20 year old Adam Lanza, he also killed his mother and later killed himself.
King advised districts to make school counselors available for students and staff.
The event has compelled school leaders in New York to review emergency preparedness plans and the State Police’s reporting protocols for suspicious activity.
On Friday the newsroom spoke to Homer Schools Superintendent Nancy Ruscio, she says the district routinely practices drills to deal with emergency situations. Administrators also have regular preparedness meetings to address various emergency scenarios, those plans will be reviewed again in the coming weeks..
Homer Schools Resource Officer Mike Howell stood outside the doors of the Homer Elementary school this morning greeting students and parents as they arrived.
Ruscio says a letter is headed home to offer parents with guidance on talking with children about the shooting.