Many schools made sure counselors were available. Letters were sent home advising parents of how to talk to their children, and suggesting that it may not be advisable for young students to watch TV news coverage of the shootings.
Several school officials stressed that it is important to be prepared but not to over-react, and not to lose sight of the important role schools play in the lives of children.
“They key for us is the routine and structure of the day, and letting kids see that they’re in school and they’re safe,” said Mark Higgins, principal of the Witchcraft Heights Elementary School in Salem.
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