In the wake of last week’s tragedy, school districts throughout the area are relaying their emergency response measures to parents.
Yesterday, the Tomahawk School District sent a letter home with elementary students regarding the topic. That letter is also available on the district website and facebook page.
District Administrator Roger Rindo says in the letter that the district has emergency response plans in place for multiple crises including severe weather, fire, and intruders in the building. He assured that principals, staff and students participate in drills to ensure that everyone is familiar with procedures for these emergency situations.
He also noted that protecting children is a community effort and that in many of these instances, people who carried out a violent act told someone in advance.
Finally the letter closed with a discussion on talking to children about these incident using calm, unequivocal but limited information. This means delivering the truth but in a way that fits the emotional level of the child.
Dr. Rindo was on our morning forum yesterday discussing some of these issues. To hear the full interview, download or stream the podcast which is available on our website WJJQ.com.
Dr. Roger Rindo and Jeff in the Morning Tuesday morning forum: http://www.wjjq.com/FORUM1218.mp3