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Oswego 308 Schools Offering Counseling, Support in Wake of Newtown Tragedy

Flags are flying at half-mast until further notice.

Update 3:00 p.m. Monday:

The District posted this announcement on their website Monday afternoon:

We extend our sympathy to the families and community in Newtown, Connecticut for the tragic loss they have experienced. As with any incident that affects students, we share in their grief for the victims. Our thoughts are also focused on the safety of our own precious children who attend our schools. 

The following links will provide resources which may help you address this event with your child.  In addition, if your child has any difficulty processing the information he/she has heard, please reach out to your school counselor, social worker or administrator for assistance.  

School District 308 strives to provide your children with both a nurturing and safe environment in which to learn. Our schools have comprehensive School Emergency and Crisis Response Plans that have been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. The plans are developed and regularly reviewed in cooperation with staff, local law enforcement agencies and fire departments. School district employees are involved in emergency training and drills in the school buildings under the guidance of the police and fire departments and district administration.

In light of the horrific event at Sandy Hook Elementary School and our own concerns in our school district, please know that schools remain one of the safest places for children and we take this responsibility very seriously.  By working in partnership with families, first responders and other emergency personnel we will continue to insure the safety of our children.

Original story:

Oswego 308 schools are offering counseling services to all students in wake of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting last Friday.

“It’s very difficult to process for anyone, but especially children,” said Director of Communications Kristine Liptrot. 

She said each school has different approaches depending on what level the students are, but all will have counselors and social workers available through this week.

Liptrot said if parents are worried about their student, they can call the school to arrange for a social worker or counselor to talk to their child. Students are also encouraged to seek out a trusted adult at the school if they would like to talk.

Many schools will be participating in a moment of silence for the Newtown victims.

All flags will be flying at half-mast until further notification from Governor Quinn's Office on behalf of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

Kelly December 18, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I think the district is handling this well, trying not to make it into something more than it is. For everyone who wants "more communication from 308," define more. What will you do with that more information? Will it help you make a decision whether you are sending your kids or not? There was a threat, plain and simple, and there's a possibility that they don't want to release any information to give any other kids "ideas." Be happy you aren't in Naperville's school district. There was an armed intruder on the loose down the block from an elementary school last week. While they locked down the nearest school, they did not inform any of the other parents whose kids walk through the neighborhood to other schools and whose kids stand at bus stops only steps away from where the robbery took place. Meanwhile, police cars and helicopters swarmed the neighborhood and the intruder remained on the loose. At least 308 is communicating.
Angie Leonardi Moreland December 18, 2012 at 03:16 PM
@Pat, the high school teachers at OHS were told not to discuss any of it. Not about their issues, and nothing about CT. These kids are big enough to know it happened, and we can't lie to the, and say it didn't happen. There has been no visible increase in security that the kids can see, and it's worrying them, OUR kids. No police, dogs, metal detectors, nothing. I had told myself if the district was really stepping up security, he'd be going. I understand if they have a plan in place they can't give out details, but the kids in school do NOT feel safe. If the administration thinks school Friday is the safest place to be, they can send their kids to school. Mine will be home. If nothing happens, (please god) then the day will be fine for those who send their kids. I could never forgive myself if something did happen and I didn't listen to my gut.
Pat Stiles December 18, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Jacqueline I understand what your saying but I personally don't know how the district can impose Metal detectors and Wanding in a short period of time. And should this become an everyday event? The District did inform us that they followed up on the Rumor and dealt with it. I am a concerned parent myself but don't know what the district can do other than maybe cancel school on friday and put us all at ease. From the sounds of it many parents are going to keep their kids home. I personally will be glad when 12-13-12 comes and we all get over this.
Pat Stiles December 18, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Sorry 12-22-12 comes.
Herm December 19, 2012 at 07:39 PM
So you will keep your child(ren) home on Friday, do you have a plan in place to insure they are safe at home? Will you be there to supervise them or are you going to work? Have you communicated your plan to the school so they know you have done your proper planning? There is a fine line between informing the masses and causing mass histeria. Most involved do not need to know the details. If the entire process is explained in detail, someone with the inclination then has knowledge of how to get around the plans. Let the schools do their job and you do whatever it is you have to do. Are you going to have your child(ren) spend the day involved with school work? or TV, video games, sleep?? How much closet space do you have? I believe that the ones who started the rumors, just wanted a longer winter break.

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