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Superintendent Letter to Parents

Connecticut School District Tragedy and OSD Safety

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December 17, 2012

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

By now you have likely heard of the terrible shooting at a Connecticut Elementary school.  These recent events have both saddened and shaken us all.  Our hearts go out to the victims and families of this tragedy.  For the Ontario School District, I would like to reassure our families that nothing will ever be more important than the safety and security of our students and staff.  Every day our focus is on ensuring that our children are learning in a safe environment.  Safety will continue to be our priority.

Incidents like the Newtown school tragedy remind us how important it is for all of the Ontario School District staff to be trained for emergencies of all kinds and to continue to regularly practice their emergency responses with students.  A detailed emergency response plan for lockdowns in the event that it should be necessary will be reviewed and updated with all staff.  We will continue to work proactively with the Ontario Police to share information.  We support our schools with training and tools so they are equipped to handle a variety of emergency situations.  Events like these also serve as important reminders for families to make sure they have provided schools with updated contact information.

To anyone visiting Ontario Schools, please always be sure to check in with the office to receive a visitors badge.  If you are on campus and you do not have a badge, please do not be offended if a staff member directs you back to the office.  Please know that your child