Our thoughts and hearts are with our educational counterparts and parents who make up the school community at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. The senseless tragedy and the number of lives that were touched by such horrible acts seem incomprehensible. We pray that they will draw strength from their faith and find comfort among their family and friends.
We, at Polk County Public Schools, realize that we are entrusted with parents’ most treasured gift: their children. We take this responsibility very seriously and we will continue to do all that we can to provide our students with a safe and nurturing environment. Emergency practice drills, crisis support and contingency plans are in place at every school and given the highest priority. Our teachers and principals are keenly aware of their role as protectors and leaders and I have the highest regard and confidence in their ability.
We thank our law enforcement partners throughout the county and in each municipality. We take our emergency management guidance and procedures from them. Officers will remain active in our schools given the recent events in Connecticut. Their continued support and expertise is of vital importance.
We will continue to mourn the loss of these beautiful young students and their brave instructional leaders but we will persevere. Hope springs eternal even in the darkest days. God bless the Sandy Hook community as well as everyone in the educational community in our country.
John A. Stewart, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Polk County Schools