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A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Caregivers –

As many of you are aware by now, there has been yet another school shooting, this one in a California high school today. Two students were killed and other students were injured. 

Despite the distance and the unfamiliarity of the students killed, the loss is nonetheless terribly close to home for all of us who work in schools and who send our children there. It is simply unimaginable. 

And yet we must imagine so that we stay diligent in our conversations, exercises, and drills so as to keep our students as safe as possible. But as I’ve said before, we cannot do this alone. We need students, staff, families, and the community to work together to tell us and/or our law enforcement partners when they suspect a schoolmate might be struggling and need help or when a classmate is talking in-person or online about causing harm to others in general or in the school specifically. The “see something, say something” policy must be used without hesitation so that we can avoid the tragedy of California and the many other sites that have endured these senseless acts. 

These are uncomfortable conversations to have with our children and our students, but please know that our counselors, social workers, psychologists, and school resource officers are ready and able to speak with students who are struggling or with any of you who might need guidance on how to speak with your children about their worries and fears in these regards. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can help you and your families. 

Thanks very much for your time and I suspect we will all hug our kids a bit extra tonight. 

Ken Slentz
Ballston Spa CSD