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Superintendent's Message to Community Over Connecticut Tragedy

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Superintendent Kelly Bowers discusses tragedy in Connecticut and LVJUSD safety and emergency procedures.

Here's a message from Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Superintendent Kelly Bowers:

This morning there was an unbelievably tragic mass shooting at an Elementary School in Connecticut, that has resulted in injuries and the loss of life of many, including elementary age children. Not a lot of details are known at this point. As this information unfolds and spreads via the media, it can understandably generate fear, anxiety and uncertainty about safety at school, and in society, in general. 

The safety of students and staff is a priority of our Board of Trustees and District. Please be assured, we have a very solid working relationship with the Livermore Police Department, up-to-date emergency and lockdown procedures in place, and we practice a range of safety drills and scenarios on a regular basis. These emergency plans and crisis responses are in place to ensure our schools are safe places to learn and work.

In light of this serious and devastating incident, we have asked all of our administrative leadership team members to take the time to carefully review with staff their site emergency procedures, particularly as it relates to lockdown protocols.  

We have a crisis support team available if anyone is particularly emotional or distraught by this tragedy.  Our Student Services Department and Human Resources Department are mobilizing support services if/as needed. I also wanted to share a useful resource that provides guidance on how to help our students and their families cope with the tragedy of the Connecticut massacre:

CDE provides some guidance online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/cp/tragedy.asp

This is a painful reminder of just how precious and fragile life is, so be sure to reach out to loved ones during this holiday season.

Styler December 14, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I have a Kindergartner at a school in Livermore and when I heard of this tragedy, my first instinct was to go and pick her up and have her be with me. I am glad that this article has been published and LVJUSD is speaking to all of us about procedures that take place in Livermore. Today has been a very sad day and I cannot wait to hold my precious daughter and never let go when I leave work today.
Terri December 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I agree with Styler, thanks for this pragmatic and timely message. I'm getting frustrated listening to the KTVU newscasters going on and on about telling your kids "it happened very far away from here, it would never happen here". Do you know that for certain? Wouldn't you rather enpower your kids with the knowledge that no matter what there are people in charge that will do everything they can to protect them? How about sharing some age-appropriate emergency procedures with them, and enpower them instead of sending them into a state of denial?
Rich Buckley December 15, 2012 at 05:17 PM
A painful discussion in Scott Valley http://tinyurl.com/bmezhd4
Steve December 15, 2012 at 05:42 PM
If some crazy fuk wants to go hurt our kids we will need a wolf hunter in the area.Hard to stop if you don't have a stopper.
david December 15, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Sharing some age-appropriate emergency procedures with YOUR children is critical. This is the job/responsibility of each parent, not the school, news presenters or the police. Parents let's step-up and empower our own kids with the message we want to share - this is our parental duty; don't shirk it off!
Tammi Peters December 15, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Thank you for the reassurance. My nieces go to that elementary school in CT. It is a perfect little town. If it can happen there it CAN happen here.
Steve December 15, 2012 at 11:46 PM
My sons (3) of them,have been in the Livusd since 1994 and the final one is freshman at livhi now.I thank God everything is o.k. to now.However if anyone should ever attempt harm an any of them I am not responsible for my actions.I can tell you that if I so choose I can inflict great harm thanks to my Navy background.Hope it never comes to that.I will defend our children when I am confronted with the task even if they are not mine.I hate predators that is why I became a wolf hunter long ago.
John Garzo December 16, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Stevo, so if a suicidal gunman got into one of our schools and killed our kids and then killed himself, you'd be able to stop him? Stop sounding so pompous. Mentally broken people like the gunman can seem reasonably normal in life. None of your "wolf hunting" can do anything. People who are "not responsible for their actions" are not the solution, they are the problem.
Steve December 16, 2012 at 08:44 PM
John,I am just saying watch out for the innocents.I consider it one of my jobs in life.
Alan December 17, 2012 at 06:06 AM
How many students in Livermore and Granada High Schools have a GPS Locator Ankle Bracelets?
John Garzo December 17, 2012 at 06:27 AM
this is relevant how?
John Garzo December 17, 2012 at 06:27 AM
this is relevant how?
Alan December 17, 2012 at 06:41 AM
People are worried about some crazy from the outside? What about the crazies on the inside?
Roger V. Tranfaglia December 17, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Do your homework before you start shooting people Steve. I'm sure you don't want to shoot any INNOCENT PEOPLE!
Steve December 17, 2012 at 09:24 PM
No worry Roger.I always do my stalking first.The creeps in this town are obvious.
Michael Delfino December 17, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I don't mean to minimize the tragedy that occurred in CT on Friday, but at the same time, it's important to have a level of perspective on the frequency of these things. Even if an incident such as Fridays occurred EVERY day in our schools, the likelihood of it happening at your school in a given year is still somewhere around 1/10th of 1%. As I said, what happened is absolutely tragic, no sane individual will argue that, but the knee-jerk reaction (IE: home schooling their child in fear that something like this might happen) some people have had to it is foolish and ignorant. Having said that, absolutely nothing wrong with giving your little ones a little stronger of a hug...

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