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Lynbrook, Malverne Assure Parents of Security Plans After School Shooting [Updated]

School districts release statements after mass shooter in Connecticut kills 26 children and adults.

School districts across the region are responding to the shooting tragedy in a Connecticut Elementary school with assurances that emergency preparations are in place and up to date.

The sad and shocking news spurred Lynbrook Schools Interim Superintendent Melissa Burak to release the following statement Friday, hoping to bring some comfort to the community in the wake of this senseless act.

"I would like to take a moment to express our deepest sadness for everyone suffering in Newtown, CT during this most difficult time.  I want to also let our community know that our schools have detailed safety plans and practice them regularly. We review our lockdown and lockout procedures and practice them so in the event we might unfortunately need to implement them, our students and staff will know how to react accordingly.  Safety is and has always been a priority for our students.  We will continue to review our plans and procedures and work in close contact with our local police authorities."

The Malverne School District will be conducting lock down and lock out drills this week at all its schools, according to a spokeswoman for the district. School officials have also been in touch with the Malverne Police Department, which accepted the district's invitation to conduct another round of active shooter drills in its buildings. School officials also released the following statement Saturday:

By now, we have all heard the news of the tragedy that occurred at the Elementary School in Connecticut and we all mourn the loss of life. Please know that we are in a heightened security posture and are ever vigilante to protect precious life. Please also know that we regularly exercise our security and safety plans with drills conducted throughout the school year in all of our schools. 

For those who would like assistance in discussing this incident with their children please refer to these guidelines from The National Association of School Psychologists titled, "Talking Tips about Violence: A Guide for Parents and Teachers." (Click here to view the document.) There was also a helpful article posted on the New York Times Web site (Click here to read it.) 

Please take the time to help your children appropriately process any information they may have heard ..  Also, please feel free to contact your building principals for additional assistance. 

 

This story was updated on Dec. 17 at 9:55 a.m.

STUART KAUFMAN December 16, 2012 at 06:33 PM
In Israel, teachers and parents who serve as school aids are armed with semi-automatic firearms whenever they are on school grounds. Since the country adopted this policy in the 1970s, attacks by gunmen at Israeli schools have become non-existent.
Rilog December 17, 2012 at 04:03 AM
It is not practical to have an officer at every entrance, guarding every window or watching and protecting all outdoor activities including dropoff, pickup and recess. It just isn't possible. We can't be afraid to live our lives or put irrational fear into our children. Be strong for them.
Andrew Anderson December 17, 2012 at 06:59 AM
The way to protect fully has never been dicovered; however; if you set a good policy for safety, and adhere to it at all times, no exceptions, you will most likely never fall victim to someone gaining entry to your school withou.The trick is tMake it clear what you want to accomplish and o never deviate from set policies involving persons entering or notifications. Make it clear what you wish to accomplish before having a meeting, assign people to research different approches to school safety.
Tom Nathan December 17, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Burak realy has no clue what is going on if she things these plans would be of any help. The schools let it anyone and there is no check. Now its even worse as kids come home from college and visit and teachers have their kids come in all the time. This open door policy has to stop. All these people dont belong there ans time to say they cant come in. Too many people are wandering around the grammar schools who dont need to be there.
Concerned Resident December 18, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Don't think right now is a good time to have police running around buildings during lock downs and lockouts. These drills have been done this year. I think the students and staff are traumatized enough. Maybe on the spring.

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