The Perkiomen Valley School District responded swiftly to news of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, which left at least 27 people dead - 18 of whom were children.
“We are all so saddened by news of this sort, especially as we value our schools as being safe havens for our students and the community,” a letter from PVSD Superintendent Clifford Rogers said. “Together, we will keep the students, families and staff affected in our thoughts.”
Rogers said that there will be a police presence at all PVSD schools on Dec. 17.
“We hope that their presence will provide some level of security for our students, families and staff during these uncertain times,” Rogers said.
The district offered an online list of resources for parents to use in discussing school tragedies and violence with their children.
“The tragic events of Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., will no doubt have an effect on our families as our students learn of these events,” the PVSD web site states.
The message, including resource links from the National Association of School Psychologists and other groups, can be found here.