An important message from Superintendent Dr. L. Oliver Robinson on the tragedy in Texas

Written by on May 25, 2022

Dear Shen Community,

Words cannot express my deep sadness, my feelings of dismay and even anger at times, as I hear more about the awful, senseless murder of precious children and dedicated colleagues in Uvalde, Texas at Robb Elementary School.

Not to inappropriately inject religion, but I pray that those families may find solace and the strength to move on. I ask that we do not disregard this as just another tragic moment. It is not. Parents send their children to school everyday with blind faith that we will do what’s in their best interest. Our schools are supposed to be sacred — a place of learning. 

The District Safety Committee recently completed safety audits of all buildings as a part of our annual protocol, with the exception of two, which will be completed next week. These audits entail walking every building with various law enforcement and first responder representatives. The safety audit provides a snapshot of the school’s adherence to safety protocols and practices, and identifies areas that need improvement or immediate correction. This proactive process helps to:

  • identify and, if necessary, develop solutions for physical safety mitigation, including building security measures, ranging from surveillance cameras to lock doors/window
  • identify and evaluate any patterns of student safety concerns occurring on school property or even on social media 
  • identify and assess the most effective training and utilization of school personnel, recognizing that everyone plays a key role

Shenendehowa has always valued the safety of our staff and students and we cannot become complacent. Let’s use this awful tragedy to become more diligent right here at home. Let’s use it to be better friends, neighbors, and family members. Let’s use this to advocate — rather demand — that the politicians at the federal level begin representing and reflecting the demands of the people when it comes to gun laws, mental health, and other key policy changes. Let’s use this as an opportunity to sharpen our efforts to keep our schools safe. 

If your children ask about the shooting or express any concerning behavior, provide the space and opportunity to have the necessary and important conversation with them. If you need additional support, please contact a counselor or social worker in your school.

I thank you, each and everyone of you, for doing your part to keep our schools safe for all. We can all make a difference. Act with fidelity when it comes to safety protocols, and remain vigilant. If you see something or hear something, say something!

Committed to Excellence,

Dr. L. Oliver Robinson

Superintendent of Schools