In the wake of the tragic elementary school shooting in Newton, CT Thursday morning, many of us are thinking back to the horrific day a young teen killed two ROCORI students.

We're asking ourselves a lot of questions, chiefly; Are my kids safe? Friday, in a moment of clarity and reassurance, Sartell District 748 Superintendent Dr. Joseph Hill issued a message to teachers, parents and community members on the District's webpage and Facebook feed:

Message from Superintendent Hill about Connecticut Tragedy
As many of you know, on the morning of Friday, December 14, 2012, at least one gunman attacked a suburban Connecticut elementary school. According to news reports, at least 2 dozen people including 18 children were killed. This is a terrible tragedy that saddens our entire nation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims and the entire Newtown school community. Events like this are difficult for all of us to understand.

Our school district is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for all of our students. We seek to accomplish this through a combination of efforts including:
  • a requirement that all visitors sign in when entering school buildings and are identified appropriately
  • regular review of our district emergency response plans and procedures
  • mandated lockdown drills
  • an ongoing partnership with local law enforcement
  • planned action steps in the event that any type of emergency crisis occurs in our schools including an armed intruder
Again we extend our support to the Newtown, Connecticut community and recognize that all of our schools lose a piece of their innocence when events like this occur. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s building principal.