Statement on Sandy Hook Shooting
This horrific tragedy affects every child and it requires the wisdom of adults to help ease the pain. Parents will turn to you as a school leader to give them guidance on how to handle their children’s questions and behaviors. You can guide your families in the following ways:
NAIS, the National Association of Independent Schools, has developed an excellent list of specific sources that you can reference. You can also contact your local school district for referrals to their school psychologists for advice.
Understandably parents are fearful, anxious and need reassurance that safety prevails at our schools. Inform them that this is a priority and outline the safety precautions that you have in place. Sadly so, private schools will have to join the public sector in developing and practicing lockdown protocols and security procedures. It appears that practicing such precautions saved lives.
Be assured that I will participate in conversation with other Montessori leaders as to how we can contribute to national non-violence, communicate with policy makers at all levels, and share Montessori, which has as its core value, peace.
It is our responsibility to provide environments where every child’s spirit may flourish—allowing them to look at life with joy and with trust. You and your staff do this daily and I applaud you for your continued commitment to Peace Education. Together we can make a difference.
Virginia McHugh Goodwin
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