Superintendent Joseph Sawyer is working with emergency responders to make sure district children are safe.
According to a recent article in the Boston Globe, schools that had previously had an "open door" policy quickly became locked facilities requiring visitors get buzzed in following the Connecticut shooting tragedy. Boston expanded its security at schools, as did towns such as Natick, Winchester and Medford. Shrewsbury Public Schools Superintendent Joseph Sawyer has decided now is the time to review the schools’ safety plans here as well. “We have redoubled our efforts related to existing safety and security protocols, and we have increased the levels of supervision of visitors to our schools,” Sawyer said in a release. Sawyer is worked with Shrewsbury Police Chief James Hester to create a committee to review the current safety plans and …
Superintendent of Schools Joe Sawyer sent this statement in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Dear Shrewsbury Families, I know that you, like me, have been reflecting on the senseless tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. As a school administrator, former elementary teacher and principal, and parent of young children, I identify closely with those affected and am deeply saddened by the deaths of the innocent children and the heroic educators who tried to protect them. The grief that Newtown is experiencing is overwhelming, and given that community's relative proximity and similarity to our own town, it is both natural and disturbing to consider the potential, however unlikely, of a similar event happening here. I want to communicate how our school district is responding to this event, …