Natick Schools to Lock, Staff Front Doors Following CT Tragedy
The front door at all eight Natick Public Schools will be locked and staffed beginning Monday after a mass shooting took place at a Connecticut elementary school Friday.
NATICK, MA -- Dr. Peter Sanchioni, superintendent of the Natick Public Schools, sent out an email to all parents at about 2:45 p.m. Friday notifying them that, beginning Monday the front door of all schools will be locked and staffed throughout the day.
This decision came after a school shooting in Newtown, CT, that left 26 dead this morning.
"We are deeply saddened by the events that have taken place today in Newtown, CT.," Sanchioni wrote in his email. "Know that we have in place strong security systems in all eight of our schools. Our administration is well versed in handling lock down and crisis situations."
In addition to adding the extra security of a locked and staffed front door and letting parents know that administrators do have training in how to deal with crisis situations, Sanchioni also compassionately acknowledged how mentally and emotionally difficult the tragedy in Connecticut and the changes in security in Natick could be for some students.
"We realize how upsetting this is going to be for many of our students, and we look to the parents and guardians to help them with care and understanding this weekend," Sanchioni wrote in the email.
"If any child needs assistance," Sanchioni continued, "please contact any one of our principals first thing Monday morning. Our School Resource Officer, Elizabeth Heffler, is also available to assist you. She can be reached at 781-913-9375."