Dear San Mateo County Education Community,
 
The news of another unthinkable tragedy has sent shock waves across our schools and communities as we learn of yet another mass shooting in America, this time at an elementary school in Texas.
 
How do we express our deep sorrow and despair in knowing that tonight 18 elementary-school children and one teacher from Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, will not come safely home from school? There is little, if anything, more horrific, more senseless, and more heart-breaking than this news.
 
For now, the investigators will do their work, and we will slowly learn more details about the beautiful children who will laugh no more and the dedicated teacher who has taught her last class. We will read about the unimaginable grief these families and their community will endure. We will try to help our children – and ourselves – make sense of a senseless act, and we will hurt.
 
As we move forward, we will listen and learn with all of you, and do our best to support our students, staff, schools, and families. We will share more about how San Mateo County schools work every day to help our students and keep our schools safe.
 
We send our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and the Robb Elementary School community. I urge us all to find comfort in each other, share our sorrow and pain, hold our loved ones close, take a walk outside, stay strong for our children and youth.
 
In deep sympathy,
Nancy Magee

Resources

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings