WESTFIELD, NJ — Dr. Margaret Dolan, superintendent of Westfield schools, said in a letter to parents this week that the district continues to review its safety procedures in light of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and she offered  online resources for parents. 

Dolan wrote:

Dear Parents,

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We are stunned and saddened by Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We cannot begin to comprehend such senseless violence and tragic loss of life. Our hearts go out to the families, the school staff and the Parkland community.   

Over the past two days I have been able to speak with Chief Wayman of the Westfield Police Department and our school resource officer.  We depend on a collaborative relationship with local law enforcement and communicate with them regularly.  I met with the principals, assistant principals and supervisors earlier today to address any questions or suggestions that they have regarding our security measures. We will continue to review our safety procedures in order to do everything within our power to provide a safe and secure school environment for our students. I spoke to all teachers, counselors, specialists and paraprofessionals this morning, acknowledging the importance of their efforts towards school safety.

As our students return to school next Tuesday, it is important 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. As you speak with your children, you may find the following resources helpful:

In the Aftermath of a Shooting:  Help Your Children Manage Distress


Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting


Coping with Mass Shootings


Please do not hesitate to reach out with any specific concerns to your child’s counselor or principal.