Message to the ECESD Community
We share in the outrage and shock of the horrific events that occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday.
We grieve with the nation over the senseless violence and destruction that took place and offer our support to those who will forever be affected by this event.
Schools are and should be a safe refuge for all who attend or visit. We take the safety of our students and staff very seriously and work to ensure that each person is supported in every way. In the past several years we have taken many measures to make our campuses safer, including adding fencing, cameras, adding additional yard duty and safety personnel, as well as limiting access to our campuses and screening visitors who enter our campus.
When events such as this occur, it is normal to have feelings of outrage, fear and anxiety and even our youngest of children can be affected. Our school counselors and psychologists are at every school in the district and are available to any student who could benefit from their services. Your child may ask for these services or you may contact your child’s teacher or school principal to let them know that you would like a counselor to speak with them.
The National Association of School Psychologists offers guidance on how parents can deal with national events such as this. Their webpage is: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-safety-and-crisis/school-violence-resources/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers
We thank the El Centro Police Department, whose officers and staff are committed to protecting all residents in our community. You may notice increased patrols and officers on our campuses in the coming days and weeks. Their presence is there to reassure the community that our children and our schools are their top priority.