Area School Superintendents Address Parental Concern Regarding School Safety

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The community Newtown, Connecticut has a lot to work through in the coming days. Some here in the Tennessee Valley are also touched by the tragedy at Sandy Hook. Many of those affected are parents. WHNT NEWS 19 talked with area school superintendents to find out how parents are reacting.

School superintendents in Madison, Madison County and Huntsville said nothing was unusual about communication with parents at their schools. They acknowledged hearing from only a few.

"Our hearts go out to the families at Sandy Hook Elementary School," said Dr. Barbara Cooper.

Dr. Cooper is Huntsville's Deputy School Superintendent. She is also thinking of the families here at home.

"Parents just want to be assured based on information sent out to them yesterday that schools are safe," added Dr. Cooper.

Dr. Cooper has heard little feedback from parents. The school district's second-in-command believes open lines of communication help parents, teachers and students.

"When individuals knock on our doors, our response is to share with them exactly what we are doing. As parents, naturally, they are going to be concerned about what`s happening in other parts of the world," added Dr. Cooper.

Dr. Cooper says the few calls and emails from parents concern making sure all safety precautions are happening as promised. She knows it's important for educators to have practices and policies in place. She says all should leave room for compassion.

"We are human and caring adults. We want to quickly address the situation, determine if any follow-up is needed for the student and move on back to instruction," added Dr. Cooper.

Huntsville Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski announced there would be an increased presence of security district-wide Monday. No issues in the district were reported.

The school superintendents in Madison and Madison County said the story was the same for their schools. Dr. David Copeland said only a couple of Madison County parents called or emailed his office concerning safety. Dr. Dee Fowler is Madison said his office staff got only a few.

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