Allen Families and Staff,
We are all saddened by this week’s senseless tragedy in Texas.
At Allen Elementary, we can work together to keep our school community safe. A starting point is that if you see something, say something. Discuss with your children that we do not make jokes about harming others. We encourage families to have age-appropriate conversations with your children about what happened in Texas on Tuesday. Our staff, such as our school counselor and school psychologist, are available to provide support for students on campus, but we know that parents and legal guardians are a vital part of a child’s education that extends outside of school hours.
I would like to share 2 resources with you to support these conversations. Here is a San Diego County Office of Education resource for parents and educators to discuss school shootings: https://www.sdcoe.net/about-sdcoe/news/post/~board/news/post/resources-to-discuss-school-shootings
Another great resource is Sandy Hook Promise: https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/
If you have not yet read Dr. Reyes’ statement, please do so now here.
Our hearts are with Uvalde. Children and educators should be able to go to school free from violence. As we move forward together, I call on our school community to remember that every action begins with each one of us. I urge each of you to take good care of yourselves and your families and to find ways to connect with one another through compassion.
Together, we can provide the comfort and care needed for our children. We pledge to partner with families to move forward and heal. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the school office.
Mr. John Greenwell, M.S.Ed.
Principal, Ella B. Allen Elementary School