PORT CHESTER, N.Y. ? Port Chester Schools Superintendent Edward Kliszus sent this message to parents in response to Friday's school shootings in Newtown, Conn.:
As I'm sure you're all aware, today there was a tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Our thoughts are with the families, staff and children who experienced this horrible series of events.
We want to reach out to our Port Chester community to encourage you to talk to your children about what has happened in Newtown in a way that you most feel comfortable with. Our professional staff is available to students who would like to speak with them about this tragedy.
We also want to reassure you that your children are safe at our schools. We work closely with law enforcement to ensure that our safety procedures meet the highest standards and work to ensure that we have safety procedures in place to protect your children and our staff. We will continue to run our lock-down and evacuation drills regularly.
We also remind you to observe our school security rules. Doors are to remain locked, and only authorized individuals will be permitted to enter our schools. All visitors must report immediately to the school office and sign in. Visits are limited to appointments only. Unauthorized individuals are not permitted to roam our buildings. We also ask that if you see suspicious persons near our schools that you contact law enforcement immediately.
Sincerely, Dr. Edward A. Kliszus, Superintendent Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District
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