Perk Valley School District Responds to Connecticut School Tragedy

A district letter assures parents of a police presence around schools on Dec. 17; the school district is offering resources for talking about violence with children.


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.

Bhrenda Drakeford December 15, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I will hold all that are involved up in prayer. I feel that there should be more readily available crisis centers open for children regardless whether they have medical insurance or not for a mental illness crisis. Bldg 50 I dont think offers this. There really isnt any crisis centers availabe to children especially if they feel they are out of control for consuling and treatment. I thought that Arizona shooting would be the wake up call for many people. Cant they put Norristown State Hospital back into use for something like this? At least one of their buildings???
Andrea December 15, 2012 at 02:05 AM
ACCESS Services has a Children's Crisis and Mobile Crisis Service, as well as a teen talk line
Andrea December 15, 2012 at 02:08 AM
The phone number is 1-888-435-7414. This is a service that can be used for children/families/parents/caregivers regardless of insurance.
Bhrenda Drakeford December 15, 2012 at 02:19 AM
@Andrea. I sure hope that ACCESS services here in Montgomery County is not the only service in this area. Im not on the same page if its located in the Fort Washington area. If they are affiliated with them. I hope to God not!!!


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