Dear District 205 Community,
Like you, we are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas on Tuesday. We share in the heartbreak we are all feeling for the families who have lost a loved one due to this senseless act of violence.
We know that children and teens will process this news in different ways and our teams have worked to make today as typical as possible. Our District 205 student support teams (social workers, school psychologists, school counselors) are available for students who might need extra support processing these events or understanding their own emotions. The National Association of School Psychologists have developed a set of recommendations for talking with children about violence and we encourage you to review those.
As a school district, we have partnered with the Elmhurst Police Department to prepare for the possibility of school related incidents. Our procedures are updated regularly and our teams practice incident response scenarios throughout the year. Additionally, close to 100 members of our school teams were recently trained in the use of the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment protocols - one of the only evidence-based programs for threat assessment in the country.
This is challenging for all of us and we ask that you join our community in keeping the students, staff, and families of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District in our thoughts at this time.
Dr. Keisha Campbell
Superintendent of Schools