The next meeting of the school’s safety team is in January, and the shootings will be a key part of it. Before that it will also be addressed at weekly staff meetings.
“It’s a little quieter than we anticipated” from parents and students, Unadilla Valley Central School Superintendent Robert Mackey said.
School middle/high school counselor Stephanie Cooke said while the staff has had a presence in the halls, the students are not talking much about it. She’s advising staff to be alert to any problem that might develop. That includes listening to what students are saying, and watching for changes in behavior and signs of stress.
With the funeral services for the Connecticut beginning, Mackey said the staff will remain alert. He suggests that parents begin the conversation about the incident at home, and the school can provide support.
As the discussion about the issues continues, it could be an “emotional roller-coaster” for students and staff. “We have to be prepared,” he said.
Sidney Central School Superintendent Bill Christensen said while counselors have a lot of resources to help students and staff, they have so far not had much use.
There have been a number of parents calling, he said. A lot of those questions have been focused around details of the school emergency plan, such as where to pick up a student in such a case. While the staff has been drilled about it, some of that can’t be shared with the public.
“We don’t want to be totally predictable,” he said.
A letter was sent home to parents explaining some of the security in place, including security cameras, fencing and phone system.
“I want to assure you we take safety very seriously and we are always looking to improve,” he said in the letter.