All Department schools have emergency measures set

14-Dec-2012

HONOLULU – The Department's Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Branch this morning met with Honolulu Police Department officials to review security procedures for the state’s public schools.

​​​​​​The meeting with law enforcement was prompted following a shooting at a Connecticut school that killed 20 students and several adults.

“All of Hawaii’s public schools have emergency procedures in place and today our teams revisited those procedures with a heightened awareness,” stated Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “While this tragedy is incomprehensible, all of our schools have counseling services available for students, parents, and teachers who may need them."

This weekend marks the start of the winter break for Hawaii’s public schools. If parents and/or students need counseling services during this time, please contact your school or the Department for assistance at 808-586-3232.

"We extend our condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the families and school community in Connecticut," Superintendent Matayoshi said.

The following links are helpful resources for addressing a crisis with children:

http://crisisguide.neahin.org/crisisguide/after/mentalhealth.html

http://www.apa.org/topics/violence/school-shooting.aspx​

Contact Information

Donalyn Dela Cruz

Phone: 808-586-3232

Email: donalyn_dela_cruz@hawaiidoe.org

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