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Statement from Superintendent of Schools Marie Wiles

February 15, 2018— 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 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as details of the tragic events of yesterday 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 are some resources that may be helpful in talking with your child about the tragic events of yesterday:
When the news gets scary, talking to children about violence: tips for parents and teachers

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:

Every time we hear about a tragedy like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, our hearts break for all who are touched by such senseless loss. 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.