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A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Hendrick Hudson Community,

By now you have undoubtedly heard about the tragic school shooting in Texas. Our hearts are broken for the school community and families impacted by this senseless act of violence.

We have been in communication with the Westchester County Police, and as a precaution, they have committed to deploying additional patrol and emergency service units to all five of our schools for the remainder of this week.

Additionally, we are in communication with our partners at Alteris, the district’s safety consultant, who are monitoring the situation in Texas and carefully evaluating our safety and security measures to ensure the safest possible environment for our school community.

As always, our mental health/counseling team members are available to any student or staff member in need of additional support.

We also understand that speaking with your children about events like today’s can be extremely challenging. The following are some resources that may aid in those discussions:

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (nasponline.org)

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/tragedy-grief-resources-education

https://www.colorincolorado.org/article/15-tips-talking-children-about-school-violence

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your principal or school counselor if you have any questions or concerns related to your child. We will provide updates as necessary.

Regards,

 

Joseph E. Hochreiter

Superintendent