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Wentzville District Counselors Will Help Children Deal with Newtown Tragedy

A letter from Superintendent Dr. Terry Adams assures parents that Wentzville School District has crisis plans in place.

(The following letter was sent via e-news to Wentzville School District parents.)

Dear Parents:

We are all extremely saddened by the events that unfolded in a Connecticut school this morning.  The loss of life that took place is truly a tragedy.  Our thoughts are with those who have been personally impacted by this horrific incident. 

During times like this it is only natural to think of our own children.  We want to assure each of you that we share your concern over such tragedies and we are vigilant and pro-active here in the Wentzville School District in all areas – especially where the safety of our students and staff are concerned.  We have multiple safety measure in place to help prevent these types of horrible incidences. 

All staff members in our district, including teachers, administrators, and support staff, are trained in emergency response procedures.  We have crisis plans in place for each of our buildings to deal with emergency situations, including those similar to what occurred this morning.  We also run regular drills, including an intruder drill, which helps keep the right procedures and precautions top-of-mind for our staff.

Our school district has a strong partnership with our local law enforcement officials, and we work with them closely to ensure that our schools are as safe as possible.  Our high schools are each staffed with a full-time school resource officer and officers tied to all our buildings are quick to respond when help is needed.  We regularly consult with law enforcement about safety issues.

Counselors in our buildings are available to help students who have been affected by this morning’s shootings. If your child would like to speak to someone at school about his or her feelings, concerns or fears, please let us know or encourage him or her to reach out to a trusted adult.  It is critical that our students feel safe at school so they are free to learn. 

Please be assured that the Wentzville School District has the safety and best interests of your child in mind at all times.  We will work together to make sure that our procedures for preventing and dealing with dangerous situations such as this are as strong as possible, and that our children are protected. Our thoughts are with the community of Newtown, Connecticut.

Thank you,
Dr. Terry Adams

kayleeking December 16, 2012 at 01:13 PM
You peopel should be ashamed off urself u shouldnt put this articl online u peopel need to learn RESPECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
rhomath1 December 16, 2012 at 01:45 PM
tyin to aviod lawsuits..smh
Ana Sarca December 16, 2012 at 01:48 PM
This is absolutely ridiculous. Why would kids here in the St. Louis area need counseling? Parents have just gone overboard, and it is crazy.
Bronislove Ubique December 16, 2012 at 01:54 PM
need to deal with psychiatric medicine, conduct prevention. So you do not have to deal with the tragedy. people ass for a head ... that's a real challenge for humanity.
bell December 16, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Maybe if one of the teachers had been carring apeasonal weapon the shooter might not have made it to the class rooms to comment this unholy act on innocence babies.
SarahGrace December 16, 2012 at 06:46 PM
bell's comment has a good point, why dont teachers carry guns? We could stop horrible things like that in our schools.
jade lenze December 17, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Because of all those new gun laws that just passed, courtesy of our Great PResident Obama... Someone cant just get an issue to carry a gun anymoe. Especially a teacher of all people.
Glenn Matter December 19, 2012 at 07:11 AM
Funny this is the first I have heard of this letter from Adams and I have a child at Holt High School. Haven't seen anything in either my email nor has my son brought home any letter. Where is this mystery communication that you speak of.

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