CRANFORD, NJ - Dr. Scott Rubin, superintendent for Cranford Public Schools, said in a letter to parents this week that the school will continue to review and practice safety procedures following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. He also offered online resources for parents.

Rubin wrote:

Dear parents,

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We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that have taken place in recent weeks at schools across this nation and most recently at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Our hearts go out to the families, the school staff, and their community. Tragedies such as this are beyond anyone’s comprehension and prompt us to hold our children even closer.

We want to take this opportunity to reassure you that school safety is our highest priority. Cranford Public Schools continually reviews and improves its safety procedures and makes facilities improvements to address safety concerns. We are fortunate to have an outstanding collaborative working relationship with the Cranford Police Department, Fire Department, and Office of Emergency Management, who offer us guidance and support in these initiatives. Our schools regularly practice security measures and we will continue to do everything within our power to provide a safe and secure school environment for our students and all who are connected to our schools.

It is especially important when an event of this devastating nature occurs that we maintain a normal routine and be prepared to assure our children that the adults who care for them are working to keep them safe and secure. We all have questions, as will our children. Here are some resources that you may find helpful:

National Association of School Psychologists

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

APA Resources for Coping with Mass Shootings, Understanding Gun Violence

In the aftermath of a shooting

Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting

As students return to school next week, if you have any specific concerns about your child, please reach out to your child’s counselor, principal, or me.

Our deepest sympathies are with all of the families who have suffered such tragic losses.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Rubin Superintendent of Schools