Response to tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Texas.

Dear Georgetown School Community,

We are heartbroken to hear about the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and the Uvalde community who are dealing with this tragic situation. We recognize that this is recent information and acknowledge that news and details of the incident will evolve in the coming hours and days.

We want to assure you that safety is our highest priority and that our schools all have safety and emergency plans that the administrators, staff and students are trained to follow. These plans were developed by school and district administrators in collaboration with Georgetown Police and Fire Departments. We have a police presence in our schools with our school resource officer and we will continue to be vigilant with our safety protocols regarding the security of our buildings. While it is impossible to plan for every emergency situation, we are confident in the plans we have in place.

We expect your children/students may hear this news and have questions or concerns. We understand that some of our students may need support to process this horrific event. As a district, our school and guidance counselors will be available at our schools to support any students struggling to process the events. While our staff will assist our students, it is important for them to know that we are committed to keeping them safe as well.

As these conversations arise with your children tonight or in the coming days, here are some resources to support your conversations:

  • Helping Children Manage Stress in the Aftermath of a shooting
  • Helping Children Cope with Frightening News
  • Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting

We hope that you will help us in reassuring your children that we have many safety protocols in place. Our staff will continue to work closely with our students and families when they are experiencing difficult situations, and we always encourage all members of our community to speak up when they have a concern. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principal or jacobsc@georgetown.k12.ma.us. We are all here to help.

When events like this occur, it shakes all of us and it hard to believe that these tragedies continue to happen. This is a very challenging time for our young people and we will do everything in our power to support their social and emotional wellbeing and sense of safety while in our schools.

Sincerely,

Carol