The recent events at Sandy Hook Elementary are very sad. Our prayers and sympathy go out to the staff, parents, and the Sandy Hook community. It is a tragedy that has happened all too often. It is always a concern of every school as to how to make all children safe. Each school has procedures and strategies in place in the event that an intruder comes on campus. The incident at Sandy Hook reminds us that we need to redouble our effort to maintain the safety of students.
In the coming days and weeks our schools and staffs will be discussing our security measures to ensure that they are adequate. All schools currently have security resources and procedures in place. The discussion will be around how we can make sure the resources and procedures are used most effectively and how we can augment those resources and procedures.
As demonstrated by the events a key resource at schools are the staff. It is clear that Sandy Hook had courageous and dedicated staff that cared deeply for the safety of students, so much so that a number of them gave their lives for their students. It is safe to say that this District has the same sort of dedicated staff that care about their students.
SRUSD has implemented a new calendar system using Google Calendar.
There are many calenders appearing on this website. Each school and department has their own and in turn the individual entries appear in the District Calender which consolidates all the events.
The District Calendar appears to the left of this post with the link "District Calendar". Each school and department website has a corresponding "Calendar" option.
Google just released YouTube sites created for specifically for Education and Teachers. These sites are now available to Santa Rita teachers and staff. The only bad news may be that www.youtube.com itself is still blocked.
The YouTube links are located at the right side of each page on our website in a section labeled "21st Century Resources". This section will expand as more tools and sites designed to help teachers with Internet based tools are added.