Wednesday's Tragedy in Florida

Wednesday's Tragedy in Florida
Posted on 02/15/2018
A Message from Dr. BrothertonDear Affton Parents, Guardians and Community Members:

We were deeply saddened to hear the news of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Our hearts are with all those impacted by this tragic school shooting in Florida, and our sincere condolences to the families of the victims. The safety of our students is always the top priority in Affton School District. We take seriously our responsibility to ensure the safety of your child every day.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our families that we have a plan in place at each of our schools to handle emergency situations. We work with the St. Louis County Police Department and Affton Fire Protection District to prepare for these types of emergencies and regularly practice our safety procedures with students and staff through discussions and emergency exercises. While no amount of planning can guarantee that a tragedy such as this will not occur, we are doing everything we know to keep students and staff safe while at school.

As we learn more details about this tragic incident in the hours and days ahead, it will be important for you to spend time talking with your children and helping them cope with this news. I would like to share with you a list of tips from the National Association of School Psychologists about what parents can do at times like this, and you can also visit www.nasponline.org/children-and-violence to learn more:

Talking to Children About Violence

As parents, we are troubled by events like what occurred in Florida. However, days like today also provide us with the opportunity to be leaders as we help our children to understand and to talk with them about the importance of sharing information that could be considered threatening to our community with a responsible adult. Most importantly, it’s a chance to reassure them that, as the adults in their lives, we do everything we can to keep them safe.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steve Brotherton
Superintendent
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