As President Barack Obama spoke to a brokenhearted nation from Newtown, CT, Amity Principal Charles Britton was sending out this notice:
As we prepare to return to school after this most terrible weekend, please be aware that we are doing all that we can to ensure the well being of our students. We will strive over the coming days to provide as normal and stable an environment as possible.
We will also be coordinating our efforts to arrange ways to mark the tragedy in Newtown, and show our support for the families and those most directly impacted by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Students and parents are asked to be aware of the following:
1. At all times during the school day at Amity High School, we have three security guards and a Woodbridge Police Officer on campus. Our security guards are retired police officers, who have been well trained to respond to any crisis involving a need for law enforcement. Our school resource officer is a Woodbridge Police Officer, who has immediate access to the Woodbridge Police Department and other first responders.
2. At all times during the school day, all exterior doors are locked. We only allow visitors into the building who have been cleared at the security desk and wear bright yellow visitor stickers.
3. Over the coming days, the Amity administration will be meeting with members from the Woodbridge Police Department and the high school security team to review all of our emergency procedures. We have a comprehensive set of plans in place. However, a review of our plans in light of the most recent tragedy is prudent.
4. Tomorrow morning, the Amity Crisis Team will meet prior to the start of the school day. The Crisis Team will prepare to greet our students and provide any individual or group counseling necessary to support our students.
5. Over the coming days, the administration will be coordinating efforts with the Amity Student Government, National Honor Society, PTSA and other concerned individuals as we mark the tragedy in Newtown and plan our outreach efforts.
Counselors are available to parents and students. Parents who have concerns about their child’s well being are encouraged to reach out to administrators and counselors. Additional information will be distributed to the community over the coming days via this high school listserv.
Charles D. Britton, Ed.D
Principal, Amity Regional High School