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Statement from Superintendent of Schools Marie Wiles

December 14, 2012—On behalf of the entire Guilderland Central School District community, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the children, families, and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as details of this tragic event continue to unfold.

As coverage of this story continues, many students may have questions or concerns about what they are seeing or hearing on the news. Following is a resource that may be helpful in talking with your child about the tragic events of today: PBS Talking with Kids About the News

In addition, parents may also have questions about the safety and security of our district school buildings. Guilderland Central School District has put a variety of measures and programs in place over the years to deter school violence – the majority of which focus on building a stronger school community through communication, respect and responsibility. In addition, security measures have been put in place at each building to make the schools as safe as they can be:

Within each school, all staff members are required to have on an identification badge at all times.

All new employees, including teachers, are fingerprinted before they are hired and extensive background checks are done by the State Education Department and FBI.

Only one entrance is open in each building throughout the day. All other doors with outside access are locked.

At every building, visitors are required to sign-in and wear nametags throughout the length of their stay.

At the elementary schools, visitors may only enter into the school building after ringing a doorbell at the main entrance. They are then “buzzed” in by main office personnel who are able to see and/or speak with the individual via closed circuit camera.

At the middle and high schools, visitors are welcomed at the main entrance by “greeters,” who monitor all guests as they enter and exit the building.


Any instance of school violence—no matter where is takes place in our country—hits close to home. Please know that Guilderland Central School District is committed to the safety and security of our students and staff. If you have any questions or concerns about the information above, please do not hesitate to contact me at 456-6200, ext. 3102.