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Friday, April 25, 2014
A message from Schools Superintendent John Hogan

The following letter was sent to parents and guardians of children in the West Hempstead School District by Superintendent John Hogan on Dec. 15:

“On behalf of all of us in West Hempstead, our hearts, prayers and concern go out to our neighbors in Newtown, Connecticut and especially to the parents and families who have suffered an unspeakable tragedy. Since hearing the news yesterday, I have been trying to comprehend how such an action could be taken against innocent children and adults who were simply engaged in the joyful process of learning. There is no comprehension to be found and no words that can ease the pain.

“As the father of two daughters, I know that I send them off each day with a prayer and the expectation that throughout the day they will be safe in their schools and in the local pharmacy where they both work. I do not expect that tragedy will come to visit them or that I will not see them again in the evening. As parents, we all have that expectation.

“As your superintendent, I believe that each of your children are my children, and I want them to be safe. I know that all the administrators and teachers in West Hempstead feel exactly the same way.

“Please know that while we have security measures in place in each building, including: adults at the doors, digital key pads, cameras and the like, we will again review all our plans and procedures. The health and safety of all in our school district has been and will continue to be our first priority. In the aftermath of yesterday’s tragedy, I directed the Principals to review their school’s emergency management plan. On Monday, as part of my regularly scheduled monthly meeting with the principals, we will review our security plans and procedures together.

“Sadly, the last fourteen years have shown us that schools are sometimes targeted. The idea that “it can’t happen here” is naïve and foolish. We will continue to do our best to be as prepared as possible for any emergency situation that may arise.

“This is a time for all of us to be very aware of our children and their reaction to the tragedy in Newtown. The following information may be helpful to you.

How to talk with your children about what happened in Newtown, CT.

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