Saugus Union School District is Open for School on Friday, November 15, 2019
Good afternoon Saugus Union Family!
It is with a very heavy heart that I contact you this afternoon as we have had a devastating act of violence affect our community. Whether you are a parent of a student at Saugus High School, you are an alumni, you have friends/neighbors who have students attend the school, or merely a community member, we are all shocked and saddened by the events of the day.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the students and their families within our valley, but most of our prayers are going to those who were injured or lost today. This is a sad day for our community and one we will never forget.
Today, I was at Highlands Elementary School during the event. The staff at this school came together and acted as they had been trained to do - safety first and protect the kids. This occurred all over SUSD as each school campus went on lockdown to protect the students, staff, and community members. Thank you to everyone for their efforts today and for their patience as we went through this event.
I would like to extend a special thank you to the law enforcement team who responded to our various campuses today. They were professional, supportive, and most importantly they kept us protected during uncertain times. We love our law enforcement personnel in SUSD and we want them to know that we appreciate them greatly.
Thank you to the families from each and every school site who monitored the Parent Square notifications and followed the directions given in each message. We did not have any instances of families rushing the schools during this crisis and we had orderly releases following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
Finally, WE are OPEN for school on Friday, November 15, 2019. We have counseling support staff available at ALL school sites to work with students and staff who may be concerned as a result of today's event. We know that maintaining a regular routine is critical after a crisis, so attending school will help them with any fears they have rather than adding to those fears. Having their peers and other supports around them will help students to process the event and work back to the normal that we have all cherished in our community.
Be safe and keep your loved ones close today.
Colleen Hawkins, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Saugus Union School District
Available Resources to our Community
Child & Family Center is offering free open groups for anyone in the SCV area who is affected by the tragedy at Saugus High. They are on the following dates/times: