On Friday December 14th 2012 I was attending the newest Graduating Class of San Francisco Firefighters when the news came about the tragic event in Newtown Connecticut. I like most of you was terribly disturbed by the horrific actions and the senseless deaths that occurred that day. Everyone deserves to feel safe at school and at work. All parents should feel secure about sending their children to learn outside the home. As Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education said
"Not all tragedies can be prevented. But schools and districts need to be ready to handle crises, large and small, to keep our children and staff out of harm’s way and ready to learn and teach, and to recover from such tragedies should they occur." ---
I have full confidence in the leadership of our Superintendent in the Jefferson Elementary School District.
According to Superintendent Vidales, "our district and school has plans that are in line with state and county guidelines, rehearse drills for a variety of incidents and regularly revise those plans as a result of the drill learnings." You can rest assured that the school district is working with local police agencies to coordinate responses and support for any incident that may occur on our school sites. If anyone should have more questions, please direct them to Superintendent Bernie Vidales or your corresponding police department.
I hope you all will have an enjoyable Winter Break and come back Rejuvenated and Inspired for 2013.
Board President, Jefferson Elementary School District.