Chad Hilliker, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources released the following statement on the Loveland School Web Site today:
Dear Loveland Families,
Throughout the Loveland City School District, flags are lowered to half-staff as we pay tribute to the lives lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary school community in Newtown, Connecticut. With the nation, we share the deep sadness by the tragic events that took place; our thoughts and prayers are with the families impacted most by this devastating event.
Here in Loveland, the administrative team wants to assure parents that the safety of students is a top priority. Our safety committee met to review the plans Loveland has in place, which includes a partnership with the Loveland Police Department and our own school security resources. We will continue to review our safety plans to make sure we are doing everything we can to help keep our buildings a safe place for everyone. In addition to safety plans, Loveland also has proactive mental health measures that span the district; our professionals are prepared to help students at school who may have concerns.
As parents we often wonder how to best help our children and ourselves make sense of such a horrible incident. One of the best things we can do is listen and talk to our children to reassure them that we are there for them. At home your children may have questions or worries that you are struggling to address. We have included a resource to assist you in handling this delicate situation. The National Association of School Psychologists provides tips for helping your child cope with a national tragedy, such as this one, on their webpage: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/terror_general.aspx.
Should you have additional questions or concerns re: school safety, I encourage you to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources