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Important Message From Superintendent Boyd

Dear Lowell Public Schools Community,

 

Yesterday, our nation experienced a heartbreaking, senseless act of violence in Uvalde, Texas that took the lives of 19 students and two teachers. We join the people of the Uvalde community in their shock, anger, and profoundly devastating grief.

 

Tragedies like these raise fears and concerns for many of us, and I want to take a moment to share with you some important information about the safety procedures we have put in place at Lowell Public Schools to keep our students, staff and school buildings safe.

 

As you may know from visiting your child’s school, all doors are locked and secure and visitors can only gain access by being buzzed in by school staff, who are able to see visitors through a camera system. Students are only released to adults who are listed on their emergency contact forms.

 

All of our schools have plans in place to respond to various emergencies. The administration and staff review these plans and practice scenarios throughout the year, and safety plans are reviewed and updated annually in conjunction with the Lowell Police and Fire Department.

 

I am sure your children have many questions about what happened and may be experiencing some anxiety about their own safety at school. Below you will find some helpful resources with ways you can help your children through this time. And, of course, they are always encouraged to talk to a teacher or other trusted adult at school about their feelings or concerns.

 

School should and must be a place where students and staff feel safe and secure, and you have our commitment to continue to make safety a top priority for our students and staff.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your school.

 

Be well,

Joel Boyd Signature

Joel D. Boyd

Superintendent of Schools

Family Resources:

National Association of School Psychologists on Talking to Children About Violence

Common Sense Media | Explaining the News To Our Kids

ASCA - After a school shooting