While there is no sensible way to put words to such a senseless act, the resources below may help guide a conversation with your child if you choose to do so. We have trusted adults in every school prepared to support students who may have questions or need to process this tragedy.
- Helping Children Cope With Tragedy Related Anxiety | Mental Health America
- Age-Based Approach: How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings | Common Sense Media
- Responding to Tragedy: Resources for Educators and Parents | Edutopia
- School Violence Resources
The safety of West Valley students is a top priority, so violence on any school campus prompts us to pause and reflect on the safety measures we have in place. Safety procedures are reviewed annually and drills are conducted monthly in each building to prepare students and staff in the event of an emergency situation. Each of our buildings has a single-point entry, and we continually evaluate protocols to ensure the best levels of security.
An event like this also reminds us how important it is to have strong relationships among our staff and students, as well as local law enforcement. If you or your student see something concerning or out of the ordinary, please say something to district staff or use Vector Solutions, our anonymous tip reporting system. For students who need support with mental health, we have trained staff and resources available to address their needs.
Please know that in addition to our students having a rigorous education, their protection, welfare, and overall well-being are very important to us. Thank you for your vigilance in keeping West Valley safe.
West Valley School District Superintendent