NVUSD Responds to Newtown, CT School Shooting

The Napa Valley Unified School District's director of elementary education says schools "need to have a heightened awareness to campus security and safety and to the impacts an incident like this can have emotionally on the children we se

News of Friday's mass shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead at an elementary school in Connecticut sent shock waves through communities around the country, including tight-knit Napa County.

What do you do when the unthinkable occurs? Please see the accompanying pdfs for the California Department of Education's crisis response guidelines for parents and teachers. 

The Napa Valley Unified School District was preparing to go on Christmas vacation when the story broke. Maren Rocca-Hunt, district director of elementary education, sent a message to school staff:

I know that our thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to the families, communities and our fellow educators who have been so tragically impacted by this event.  While we could never begin to understand such a horrible situation, we can at least use it as a reminder to be appreciative of those we love and to continue to support, nurture and safe-guard the young people with whom we are entrusted.

Some of our schools have received calls from parents asking about safety policies and procedures.

During a time like this we need to have a heightened awareness to campus security and safety and to the impacts an incident like this can have emotionally on the children we serve. 

Source: Napa Valley Unified School District

A similar statement is posted on the district website at nvusd.k12.ca.us. In her email to schools, Rocca-Hunt included a link to the California Department of Education's Resources for Coping with Tragedy:


District schools resume classes Jan. 7, 2013.

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rolonda December 15, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I'm so sorry for has happen...as bad as I want...I know I could never heal your pains. I will keep all of you in my prayers. I pray that gives all of you strength to move forward...yes it be hard, but God will guide you through.
Paul Woodward, MD December 16, 2012 at 01:21 AM
It's extremely rare. Please don't focus on such a negative event.
Name withheld with Permission December 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Realistically, it could happen & pray to God, it Never does!!! Focusing on a tragedy, Not! Staying informed, Yes!!!!! Hug All those close to You & Yours!!!! Peace be with You!
Jan B December 17, 2012 at 09:17 PM
It may be rare but we still should prepare and have protocols in place Dr. due to copy cats.
Paul Woodward, MD February 25, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Jan you are so very correct. However the Calistoga School system's decision to keep the window blinds closed so no one can see inside does not seem adequate or sensible. Why not have an armed community service officer present at each school campus? They could promote good relations with law enforcement and help prevent crimes.


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