As the news unfolds about the horrific tragedy that took place yesterday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, my heart breaks alongside the rest of our nation. While Texas may seem far away, yesterday proved that even in Chester County we are not immune to school violence.
I know that events like this are not only tragic and painful, but they can often lead to anxiety and fear felt by our entire school community. As a father of three young children, I am heartbroken and cannot begin to imagine the grief the community of Uvalde is experiencing at this time.
At the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), we understand that our students and staff may need additional support during this difficult time. We want to reinforce that we have support services in place and available to those who may be struggling with this horrible event. Please contact your student’s school counselor if you or someone you know needs support.
Below are some resources that may be helpful during this time:
Safety is a top priority at the CCIU, and as such we routinely review our safety plan and consult with the Chester County Department of Emergency Services to review our policies and procedures. Additionally, the CCIU is part of Safe2Say Something PA, a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General in which anyone can submit an anonymous tip to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies. Confidential tips may be submitted online at www.safe2saypa.org or via phone at 1-844-723-2729.
Our hearts are with Robb Elementary’s educators, students and families as well as the entire Uvalde community during this time. Please continue to reach out and help one another as we navigate this terrible tragedy.