September 16, 2013

Chancellor's Letter Regarding Today's Tragic Events at Navy Yard 

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Dear DCPS Community,

As you have undoubtedly heard, there was an active shooter at the Washington Navy Yard earlier this morning and there have been several fatalities. Out of an abundance of caution, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) placed eight of its schools and one administrative building on lockdown, which means that no visitors were allowed in or out of the building, and recess was inside.  Principals at several other schools also elected to keep their students inside during the school day. With support provided by Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and DCPS security, the lockdown ended at normal dismissal today and DCPS schools dismissed without incident.

Notwithstanding the tragedy at Navy Yard, our schools remained safe and secure.  No incidents have been reported. We are grateful to MPD for their continued partnership in keeping our students and school buildings safe.

DCPS provided resources to schools, including reminders about emergency protocols and information about how to speak with students about tragedies like this one. We also made those resources available below.

Today’s tragedy emphasizes the need to be vigilant in our efforts to keep students safe when they are in our care. This is yet another reminder that tragedies can and do happen. Our security protocols are incredibly strong and we update and train our principals and school staff regularly as best practices evolve.

We are keeping the victims of today’s senseless  tragedy in our thoughts and prayers. We stand with the heroes today, the first responders and military staff, who sprung to action to diffuse what was a very scary and chaotic situation.

Warmest regards,
Kaya Henderson

Lockdown Procedures
Talking to Children after Today's Navy Yard Shooting
Talking to Children after a shooting

 

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