Letters to Families
May 25, 2022
Dear Minuteman High School Families and Staff,
Words cannot express the devastation, heartache, and horror we all feel as we process the news of a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. As we collectively process our grief, we are cognizant that traumatic incidents like these can trigger understandable fear and concern for students, parents, and staff members alike. I would like to take this moment to share with you some important information about safety and mental health resources to highlight procedures and supports we have in place at Minuteman High School.
- Minuteman High School has strong relationships with both the Lincoln and Lexington police departments along with law enforcement in our students’ hometowns. This relationship includes open lines of communication and prompt responses whenever concerns arise. Our law enforcement partners collaborate closely with Minuteman on emergency safety plans.
- Our new, state-of-the-art school facility has extensive, modern safety features. There are numerous security cameras and a swipe card system throughout our building and campus. There are other confidential aspects of our facility to enhance safety.
- A security guard is on duty at all times. All visitors must enter the building through the main doors.
- Minuteman proactively educates students and staff on how to recognize and prevent acts of violence through workshops with Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Signs of Suicide, and Sandy Hook Promise. Sandy Hook Promise is an organization operated by parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting.
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS, TEACHERS
In light of the unfolding news, we will be updating the social-emotional learning and wellness page on our website (minuteman.org/sel) with information on how to support students and one another. For now, we are listing those resources here:
- National Association of School Psychologists (NASP): Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- Child Mind Institute: Helping Children Cope with Frightening News
- National Traumatic Stress Network: Tips for Parents on Media Coverage
- American Psychological Association: Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
Lastly, I would like to reiterate that Minuteman High School is a safe and supportive environment. If any student, parent, staff, or member of our community learns of any potential safety issues, they should report them to an administrator right away. Our school is full of trusted adults, which includes numerous counselors, who can listen and support any student, staff member, or parent/guardian with their concerns.
Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with those affected by this tragedy.
Edward A. Bouquillon, Ph.D.
Minuteman High School
758 Marrett Road, Lexington MA 02421