Our thoughts and prayers are with the community of Uvalde, Texas as they grapple with the tragic events that took place there yesterday.
If you or your child are struggling with this news, we urge you to reach out to one of our counselors or support staff for guidance and resources to help to process this tragedy. With schools being closed for several days for the Memorial Day weekend, we also wanted you to know there are resources available on our website at www.nassauboces.org/RespondingtoTraumaticEvents.
We have a comprehensive approach to addressing school safety and violence prevention and are committed to creating and maintaining a safe learning environment for our students and staff. Each of our schools conduct a variety of drills every year to reinforce emergency procedures. We work closely with local law enforcement to report and respond to any suspicious activity. Remember, violence prevention is the responsibility of the entire Nassau BOCES community. We encourage anyone who learns of something suspicious, to report it immediately to a teacher, supervisor or building administrator.
While there are no known threats or connection to our region, the Nassau County Police Department has advised that there will be an enhanced police presence at schools across the county.
Let us keep the Uvalde community in our thoughts, as we remain vigilant here at home.
Robert R. Dillon District Superintendent
71 Clinton Road, P.O. Box 9195Garden City, NY 11530-9195