In the aftermath of the unspeakable tragedy in Uvalde, Texas last week, I was inclined to first address the emotional state of our community, the abject sadness we all felt while trying to use words to help us all transcend. I want to assure our families, faculty, support staff, and the entire community that while messages of consolation were sent, the district continued to work collaboratively with our local law enforcement and first responders to continue to maintain the highest standards with regards to safety and security. An invaluable support in this effort is the work of the Westport Police Department. After a number of discussions, the Westport Police Chief, Foti Koskinas, asked that I share his message of reassurance to our families and the broader school community. I have attached that message for our school community on behalf of Chief Koskinas.
I'd also like to reiterate that in the past couple of weeks our district experienced two separate emergency response situations, one a small fire in the Long Lots Elementary School auditorium, and the other involving a shelter-in-place at Staples High School. In both instances our collective response within our schools, and in coordination with local law enforcement and first responders, was very successful. That said, we will continue to work closely with our local law enforcement and security experts to continue to maintain the highest standards of safety for our students, faculty and support staff.
Please see the Chief's letter to the broader school community attached to this message.
Superintendent of Schools