The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District released a statement following the shooting in Newtown, Conn.:
We at the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District are deeply saddened to hear of the news of the elementary school shooting in Connecticut. We send our condolences to the Sandy Hook Elementary School community in the wake of this horrific tragedy.
Additional school psychologists and counselors will be available...to provide extra support for students who may need it. The National Association of School Psychologists also has tips for helping children cope with news such as this: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/talkingviolence.pdf.
We take the safety of our students and staff very seriously, and we are proactive in taking measures to keep children safe. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school principal.
For contact information for your child's school click here.
School officials held staff meetings Monday morning in each of the schools across the district to discuss emergency procedures and plans at each building-level, said Jennifer McNeil, the district's communications coordinator.
During the staff meetings, the district provided resources to teachers to help them respond to students' questions about the shooting. School counselors, social workers and psychologists were also on hand to lend support to students.
In addition, the district-level crisis team is meeting to review procedures and expections for emergencies. The school district will be working closely with police and fire departments regarding safety as well as practice safety drills with students, McNeil said.