Fort Lee Interim Super Assures Parents, Urges Cooperation After CT Shooting
Fort Lee police officers will be on patrol at local schools over the next several days, according to a Dr. Sharon Amato, who posted a letter on the school district’s website Saturday after the deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
Fort Lee’s Interim Superintendent of Schools issued a statement on the school district’s website, assuring parents and members of the school community that schools officials and the Fort Lee Police Department are doing “everything possible to secure our buildings and protect our children” in light of the tragic events in Newtown, Conn. Friday, where a school shooting claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 children.
“This is a harsh reminder of our vulnerability and a reminder that we must remain vigilant in safeguarding our children and staff,” Dr. Sharon Amato said in the statement.
The Fort Lee Police Department will have officers on patrol “both outside and inside our buildings” over the next several days, according to Amato, who also said principals will reinforce safety procedures with all students and staff members.
Amato also urged support from parents and guardians, asking that all visitors who absolutely must enter school buildings do so only through the main entrance and check in at the main office.
“We would like to limit the number of unnecessary visitations inside our buildings,” Amato said. “Any visitors who are neither parents nor guardians must request a visit in writing.”
Amato’s message appears in its entirety below:
Dear Members of the Fort Lee School Community,
In light of recent events in Newtown, Connecticut, I am certain that you share my deep sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the members of the Sandy Hook Elementary School community. This is a harsh reminder of our vulnerability and a reminder that we must remain vigilant in safeguarding our children and staff.
I would like to assure you that we are doing everything possible to secure our buildings and protect our children. The Fort Lee Police Department will deploy police officers to patrol both outside and inside our buildings in the coming days. In addition, the building principals will review safety procedures with all staff and students.
I would like to ask our parents and guardians to assist us as well. All visitors must enter through the main entrance and check in at the main office. Please cooperate as you may be denied entry if you do not present identification. We welcome our parents and guardians to participate in scheduled meetings and events; however we have an ongoing flow of visitors delivering forgotten items such as instruments and books. Only enter the building if absolutely necessary or if you have to conduct school business. We would like to limit the number of unnecessary visitations inside our buildings. Any visitors who are neither parents nor guardians must request a visit in writing. Your cooperation is very much appreciated. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your building principal or me directly.
Sharon Amato, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent of Schools