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For Immediate ReleaseDecember 14, 2012 Contact: Music Watson 858-292-3719 (office) 619-818-6507 (cell)COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT STATEMENT ON THE NEWTWON, CN SHOOTINGDr. Randy Ward, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools, released the following statement todayregarding the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.Our unspoken agreement with families is that you send kids to school and we keep them safe, sound and sendthem back a little smarter. As a parent, that’s certainly the case for me.For parents today in Newtown, Connecticut, that agreement has been shattered by this unimaginable tragedy.All of us who work with children take our responsibility to keep them safe very seriously. It’s at the heart andsoul of everything we do. You can’t educate children without them being safe. As this morning’s incidentshows, sometimes, in spite of our best intentions, evil forces upend our unspoken agreement.The people in Newtown are in our thoughts and prayers this morning. This is every parent’s worst nightmare.Unfortunately, it is one we here in San Diego County are all too familiar with.There is no easy way to make sense of tragedies such as this, but as adults, we are charged with helping our children andkeeping them safe. Locally, school administrators and counselors will be meeting amongst themselves and with studentsto discuss this incident and answer their questions. I also encourage parents to speak with your children about theimportance of alerting the appropriate authorities when they see or hear something suspicious on or near their campuses.Every San Diego County school has established a safety plan and lockdown procedures that contribute tomaintaining a safe learning environment for our students. In the wake of this incident, school personnel willbe reviewing those plans and continuing our ongoing relationship with law enforcement to ensure we doeverything we can to maintain the safety and security of our schools. San Diego County Office of Educationstaff stand ready, as do community partners such as County Mental Health, to provide resources to helpstudents and staff who need additional resources to process this tragedy.About the San Diego County Office of EducationThe San Diego County Office of Education provides a variety of services for the 42 school districts and fivecommunity college districts in the county. We support 747 schools and 497,916 students. In addition, theOffice provides regional services for surrounding counties in many areas. Services provided by the CountyOffice to school districts range from district and school improvement to budget approval and monitoring. The
mission of the San Diego County Office of Education, as a world-class educational leader and trusted partner,is to transform public education and guarantee high levels of student achievement. ###