A Message from Mr. Burris 12/17/2012
As we returned this morning our hearts are heavy as we thought about the horrific tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary. As educators and humanitarians we try to make sense of this type of event but the best that we are left with is more fear and concern than comfort. We all want more answers and more security for our kids. Friday and Monday were filled with rumors and speculations. These concerns all had a school component and resulted in an unusually high absence rate among students.
While we are all very sad about any school tragedy, school and education will continue. We must encourage and reassure our children, staff and community. We must focus on our kids and the education that will take them through life.
Life and education are forever changed by the tragedies at schools, from Columbine to Sandy Hook. It has been our responsibility to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our kids. That responsibility is carried out by teachers and staff who love our kids and want only the best for them. We are the community of committed educators who strive every day to provide the best in their classrooms and on the playground.
Join with us to bring the best opportunities to our kids, join with us to provide a safe and caring environment, join with us for the future. We take all concerns very seriously and will react appropriately.
Our schools will be on heightened alert and we may have extra police patrols around campuses. We will have our administrators out and visible and will insist that visitors to campus check in and be identified. Our security guards and our Student Resource Officers will be visible and watching over our kids. Education will continue and finals will be given at the secondary schools. Our younger kids will enjoy parties and the normal routine.
Thursday is an early release day and students will be out for the holidays. Give of your time to strengthen your families with love and togetherness. Enjoy your holidays and show your support for the schools, teachers and staff. Help us to return to the normal routine by encouraging your kids and talking to your administrators and teachers. Join the neighborhood watch and the school PTO/PTA. But most of all, love your kids.
As always, you may contact Tom Burris, Superintendent, Roswell Independent Schools at email@example.com and have a great holiday season.
Roswell Independent School District