Abbotsford school superintendent responds to Connecticut shooting

Kevin Godden says emergency procedures will be reviewed to ensure all staff are up-to-date.

Kevin Godden

Kevin Godden

Abbotsford school district staff and staff at local schools will be reviewing their emergency operating procedures, following the shooting massacre of 26 children and adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Kevin Godden, school district superintendent, responded to the tragedy in a letter to parents on Friday afternoon.

Godden said staff will review emergency procedures, including intruder alerts and lock-downs, to ensure “we are all up-to-date and vigilant.”

He advised parents to guard preschool and elementary-aged children from exposure to media reports about the shooting, and to watch for signs that kids might need support.

He said school counsellors are available to assist any child with questions or concerns.

“It is understandable that there will be some anxiety about this incident,” he said.

The letter, and an accompanying tip sheet to help kids in times of grief, can be found here.