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North Bellmore School Officials React to Connecticut Shooting

Helping Your Children amily members of victims in the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that left at least 27 dead. Credit Gary JeanfaivreCope With Grief
Helping Your Children amily members of victims in the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that left at least 27 dead. Credit Gary JeanfaivreCope With Grief
School districts across the region are responding to the shooting tragedy in a Connecticut Elementary school with assurances that emergency preparations are in place and up to date.

North Bellmore Superintendent Arnold Goldstein said that schools also have a special burden because we are charged with keeping children safe.

"We have tested safety procedures in place which adhere to state and police standards," he added. 

These include:
  • They are regularly reevaluated and fine tuned, and practice drills are conducted regularly.
  • Doors are kept locked during the day to ensure that no one can enter without authorization.
  • Parents are expected to ring the bell, and to announce who they are and why they are in the school.
  • All parents who enter the building are instructed to go to the main office and to sign in so that we can keep track of who is in the building.
"While no plan is foolproof and no one can make guarantees, we will continue to assess procedures and take all necessary measures that will ensure the safety of children and staff," he added. 

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Goldstein also noted an article, Talking to Children About Difficult Topics, that discusses parents wanting to shield their children from this information.

One of the articles notes that as “adults, we often want to shield our children from the truth in order to protect them from hurt.

"While I urge you to limit your child’s exposure to TV and the Internet, it is impossible to thoroughly shield your child," Goldstein wrote in an email to the district parents. "He or she will likely hear about the events on the news, see it in a newspaper, read about it on-line or hear others – friends and adults – talking about it. This is a conversation that cannot be avoided."

Members of each Crisis Intervention Team, including a trained psychologist or social worker, will speak with all students on Monday.

"Their goal will be to address the fears and concerns that children may have in an age-appropriate manner, and to encourage children to positively channel their fears," he wrote.

Goldstein also mentioned the importance of watching for signs of children developing emotional difficulty at home as a result of this incident.

Helene December 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Interestingly we never hear from DR FAMULARO superintendant of Bellmore-Merrick school district, when tragedy strikes. 2012, several parents commited murder, suicides, NOT ONE WORD from him. What a disgrace he has to stay in his own little world. I guess as long as it does not affect him, he really cannot cares. What a shame
Jaime Sumersille December 15, 2012 at 05:55 PM
@Helene: We did reach out to all three Bellmore districts at the same time. We only heard back from Mr. Goldstein. Jaime Sumersille Regional Editor, Nassau County
Tideline December 15, 2012 at 07:52 PM
"Doors are kept locked during the day to ensure that no one can enter without authorization." Interesting comment. The Newtown school has such a door buzzer system, that infact did what it was designed to do. The lunatic just shot out a window and entered anyway. You can not stop crazy, but if the above statement is any indication, go right on with your warm, safe, fuzzy feeling of false security. An armed response from a Lic. Security Officer or Ret. LEO, is the best response to an armed pychopath, not a door buzzer system.
yeahitzme December 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Tideline has a valid point..as a parent...im going with the armed guard over the buzzer and sign in sheet anyday!! Our children are worth the costs!!!
Tideline December 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I support a nominal increase in our school tax bill for Properly Trained Licensed Armed Security to protect our kids. Or, cut something else in the School tax bill, but protecting out kids is more important than anything else. Parents must deman this from your School Boards now. The very presence of an Armed Officer at the School door, is a powerful determent in and of itself. These types of shootings have shown us that the shooters do not want to face armed opposition. They want to be in a gun free zone, to do their evil unopposed. I don't see where making schools gun free zones have prevented a single criminal/wacko from doing these types of shootings.
Helene January 02, 2013 at 09:38 PM
And the worse of all, Mrs Curto, principal at Winthrop, did not feel the need to fly the american flag half staff during these horrific times. Several parents called and made the request, she told them it would be done, and IT WAS NOT DONE. once again shame on you Mrs Curto
Helene January 02, 2013 at 09:41 PM
@ Jaime, Mr Goldstein has always been attentive to the school district, but also to his community. A man with class.

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