Reflecting in the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida

Dear PUSD community,

This week we witnessed another devastating act of senseless school violence in Parkland, Florida. Our hearts go out to the families, educators, staff and community affected by this senseless tragedy.

The safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority. We continue to collaborate with the Pleasanton Police Department along with our other local public safety agencies including the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to help us prepare for a variety of emergency situations. Each of our schools conduct routine, monthly safety drills as part of their emergency planning, and we are focused on offering additional resources to our students and staff moving forward.

Our principals and school site staff do an incredible job of caring for our students on a daily basis, and we will be working with them to ensure they have the information and resources needed to respond in an emergency situation.

While the tragedy in Florida was beyond our community, we know that concerns weigh heavy on our hearts and minds. If you or your child is in need, we encourage you to reach out to your school site staff or counselor for support.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s website includes helpful resources which highlight common reactions to trauma and ways parents can take care of themselves and their children:

We encourage you to have conversations with your children about their questions and concerns. We all play a role in ensuring the safety of our school communities. One of the most important things that community members can do is to keep their eyes and ears open. If you or your children come across anything concerning to you, we encourage you to report it to the Pleasanton Police Department and/or a school administrator.

We continue to be grateful for this amazing community and value the support of our parent community as well as the partnerships of the City of Pleasanton, Pleasanton Police Department and our local public safety agencies.


David Haglund