As a district, we’d like to keep you updated and notified on the ways that Provo City School District is working with the Provo Police Department to provide safety for all children in our schools.
Any time the district is notified about a shooting or incident dealing with another school, the school district emergency team goes into action. All school resource officers are put on alert and will make additional visits to each school. The officers on patrol in Provo will make additional “drive by’s” to make sure there are no unusual concerns within the areas of the school. Even the school crossing guards are asked to be extra attentive as they supervise children coming to school.
Each school in Provo has an emergency preparedness team that has been trained by the Police and Homeland Security on ways to deal with emergency incidents. While we cannot explain every detail because of security, we can tell you that students are required to participate in “lockdown drills” that teach students and staff how to respond in emergency situations.
If you see a student who may be having extra anxiety over the recent incident, please let your administrator know so he or she can help.
Many parents have called and asked why the schools were not holding “lockdown” drills as soon as the students came back to school after the weekend. While we do think training is important, we do not want to “traumatize” the students so recently after the Connecticut incident. But rest assured that we will have the training. Please be assured that we are doing everything possible to make sure all children are safe.
In closing, may we share a thought from Missy Hamilton, principal at Spring Creek Elementary: “At this time of year, both in the wake of the events of the last few days and in the spirit of the season, let us all remember to be patient with one another, to wish each other well, to not succumb to fear but press forward with hope and optimism for our future.”
Please refer to the attachments below from the National Association of School Psychologists for ways to help students who ask you questions about last week’s tragedy.
Tips for teachers and parents following school and community violence:
Talking to children about violence–Tips for parents and teachers (English):
Talking to children about violence–Tips for parents and teachers (Spanish):