Dear parents, guardians, faculty, and community members,
As we reflect on the latest act of violence committed toward students in the sanctity of a school building, I wanted to reach out to you and offer my thoughts and rassurance.
First and foremost, our schools will continue to practice safety procedures throughout the school day. All parents and guests must be buzzed in because all outer doors are locked during the day. Moreover, our safety officer has trained our staff and students in a common-sense approach to what to do if there is an act of violence in our schools. School officials are continuing to review safety protocols and procedures; however, we are not powerless.
Hence, I implore students, if you see something; say something. If you notice a student sitting alone, walking home alone, always alone please say, “Hello;” please know what a difference a “Hola” or a smile can make in someone’s life. If you are a student who feels alone, disconnected or sad, please know that we are here for you. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Parents and Guardians, if your child sees something in school or on social media that causes concern about safety, please encourage him or her to report the incident to an adult in school.
As a nation, we should give our thoughts and prayers to the 17 families whose lives have been tragically transformed for eternity. The best steps moving forward are together. I believe that having an open dialogue about kindness and differences are vital steps among many to be taken. I encourage parents and guardians to take time and talk with your child about the incident. Having a conversation is better than silence. The Nashua schools will have counselors available next week for your child to process these events. I will leave you with a quote to reflect on over the weekend:
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
― Desmond Tutu