School Safety & Talking to Children about Violence
Dear Cohasset Families,
As the hours pass I am at a loss for words about the tragedy of our neighbors in Newtown, Connecticut. This heinous crime resulted in the loss of life among innocent children and adults. We do not want our children to be afraid to come to school. They should feel they are safe when learning under our roof. We take school safety and security very seriously. Unfortunately, we can never guarantee that nothing could ever happen in our schools or community but we can be vigilant about creating a safe environment. We have plans in place for emergency situations and they are reviewed during the school year. Additionally, we remain in regular communication with the police to ensure we we are doing everything possible to maintain a safety in the schools.
On Monday the principals and other key personnel will gather to discuss how to help our students if concerns or anxiety should arise. We will work in conjunction with the Cohasset Police reviewing our safety plans and making any necessary changes. The central administration will remain in close contact with the principals and offer assistance when necessary. Please feel free to reach out to your student's principal if questions or concerns should arise. Finally, I have included an additional document from the National Association of School Psychologists titled "Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers". I hope you find it as helpful as I did.
This weekend take time to hug your children and remind them they are loved. I will be available by e-mail this weekend if you should have any concerns or questions. Thank you.
Barbara J. Cataldo
Superintendent of Schools