We are heartbroken to learn of yesterday’s tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. This horrific event comes shortly after the shooting at the Tops Supermarket in Buffalo. In less than two weeks, two senseless acts of violence have shattered a sense of security and safety across the country. We’re angry, frustrated and hope a call to action will evoke change. We grieve for the families of the victims of both tragedies, as well as their communities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo.
We understand traumatic events such as these may evoke many emotions in our students, including questions about their safety both in and outside of school. In addition, students may have difficulty processing such violent acts, especially given the short period of time between both shootings. Heatly is here to support our students and families with a number of resources. School counselors Jessica Jones and Theresa Smigelski and school social worker Alyssa Lupinski are here to support students and families. An additional officer from the Albany County Sheriff’s Department will also be at Heatly for the next few days to support students and make them feel safe. Furthermore, there are a variety of online resources families can access when talking to your child about the events.
At Heatly, we’re committed to a safe learning environment for our students, faculty and staff. Our revised safety protocols, along with our school resource officer Deputy Pasquini and a second SRO from the Albany County Sheriff’s Department, ensure our students can excel academically in a secure setting. If students are feeling increased stress, we encourage them to reach out to their guidance counselor or Ms. Lupinski. At Heatly, the safety and well-being of our students will always be the top priority. Together, we will get through this difficult time because we are #GreenIslandStrong.