Mayor Lee and SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza today issued a joint letter and the following joint statement in the wake of one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:
“San Francisco grieves with those affected by the needless and horrifying violence this morning in Connecticut. Our thoughts, prayers and deep sympathy go out to the families of the children and other victims of this unspeakable tragedy.
There is little we can say with our words to provide comfort to those affected, but we can move forward with purpose to do everything we can to prevent such tragedies from ever happening again.
In the wake of such a national tragedy, we redouble our efforts to work together to ensure that our students, families and school staff remain safe.”
The DCYF staff echoes the Mayor and Superintendent's sentiments. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all who were affected by today's events.
The City and SFUSD are working closely together to immediately respond to schools and provide support needed in the event of any school crisis. All SFUSD schools have a safety plan that is updated annually and schools have been trained to implement these plans at their sites.
School staff is prepared to help students who may be reacting to the tragedy and need support. SFUSD schools remain open. The Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Police Department are providing support to the schools.
Families who would like support are encouraged to reach out to resources available at school sites and at the City's Family Resource Centers. The Family Resource Centers are located at 25 sites throughout the City and provide a wide range of services, from parent education classes to one-on-one support for needs such as food, housing, employment, child care, and much more. Family Resource Centers are open to anyone, regardless of age, income, sexual orientation, gender, or disability. To find a Family Resource Center near you, check out this PDF, or call 311.
Please also visit DCYF's comprehensive Resources for Families page, and if you would like advice on talking to your children about today's events, read this great article, "Talking with Kids About News" from PBS Parents.