An important message from Hartford Public Schools

An important message from Hartford Public Schools

February 15, 2018

Talking to Children about Violence
“Tell Someone” Poster


Dear Families of Hartford Public Schools,


As many of you are aware by now, yesterday was a sad day for our country. Innocent lives were lost and others were hurt due to a senseless and violent school shooting at a South Florida school. Please join me in keeping the Broward County Public Schools families in our thoughts and prayers.


I want to assure you that it is my priority, as well as your school principal’s priority, to make sure every student is safe and valued in all our schools. I have asked and reminded all school and district administrators to review all safety protocols. And I have asked all our support services staff to be vigilant and make themselves available for students, staff, and families that might need counseling, or just someone to sit down and talk with about this tragedy.


Please know that safety is our priority every day, not just during tragic times like these, and that our security officers, school administration, teachers, and staff have a duty to focus on the safety and well-being of every student.


Attached I have included some support guidelines from the National Association of School Psychologists that helps parents/guardians assist their children to cope with news like the recent tragedy in South Florida. I am also including materials from Hartford Public Schools’ “Tell Someone Campaign”.  This student safety initiative has been fully deployed in all our schools to connect students with support resources in the school community.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your school principal or my office at 860-695-8401.


Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Ed.D