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UP F RONT
Schools take safety precautions By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac
ocal schools reacted quickly to reassure parents they are taking precautions to prevent the tragedy that happened at a Connecticut elementary school on Dec. 14. The shootings, said Portola Valley School District Superintendent Carol Piraino in a message to parents, remind us “of the critical importance of being prepared for the unthinkable. Part of our ongoing disaster preparedness includes reviewing classroom lock down procedures and conducting practice drills with our students.” Beth Polito, superintendent of the Woodside Elementary School District, sent a similar message “to alert the commu-
nity to the steps we are taking to make sure our students and staff are safe.” In addition to a Monday staff meeting to review “dangerous intruder protocol,” Dr. Politio said the school already has rules in place for students to travel outside the classroom in pairs and all K-2 students be escorted to and from classes. She asked parents to “sign in at the office if you need to be on campus for any reason. If you notice anyone suspicious on or near the campus, alert school staff immediately. ... Discuss stranger danger with your child. Remind them to be cautious of adults they do not know and to enlist the support of a trusted adult whenever they feel unsure about a situation or person.”
In the Menlo Park City School District, Superintendent Maurice Ghysel told parents “we have ongoing training and drills regarding the safety of our students, and this incident will further heighten our attention and measures of prevention.” “We will continue to work very closely with our police to maintain, update and practice lock down procedures when dealing with a possible armed intruder. Our police will continue to have a strong presence in and around our local schools and understand the concerns,” Dr. Ghysel wrote. “What happened in Connecticut greatly saddens all of us, and we remain vigilant in protecting our students, staff, and community,” he concluded.
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Talking to children about tragic events By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac
ow does one talk with a child about an event as horrific as Friday’s Connecticut school shooting? The most important thing is to talk to your child, says Janet Childs, the director of critical incident stress management for the Centre for Living with Dying program of the Bill Wilson Center in San Jose and Santa Clara. Children, even very young ones, will have heard about what happened. “Make time to sit down and address it,” she says. “To think that we can protect them from it is, I believe, unrealistic.” “They do understand that a tragedy has happened and that adults are upset,” she says. Other experts warn, however, to not push a child to talk if they do not want to do so. Children, Ms. Childs says, often worry that something that happened elsewhere could happen to them, so we need to let them know it will not happen
often, or everywhere. With small children, she says, keep the conversation simple and short. “It is beyond our comprehension. It’s OK to tell the kids that,” she says. Next, she says, allow children to take some sort of action
Janet Childs says she hopes students can discuss the events at school. responding to what has happened, if they feel the need. “We can send our concern, our love and our energy,” she says, perhaps in the form of a letter or a poster with their wishes and thoughts. Ms. Childs says she hopes students can discuss the events at school. “It is very important for them to be able to talk about it,” she says, and often children won’t talk with parents. Among resources available to parents who want to know more about recovering from a
traumatic event are sites shared by Cynthia Shaw, regional communications director for the American Red Cross: Visit tinyurl.com/Tips-121 to see “Tips for Talking to Children After a Traumatic Event,” a publication of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Among the tips: N Provide children with opportunities to talk about what they are seeing on television and to ask questions. Do not be afraid to admit that you cannot answer all of their questions. N Answer questions at a level the child can understand. N Provide ongoing opportunities for children to talk. They probably will have more questions as time goes on. N Use this as an opportunity to establish a family emergency plan. Feeling that there is something you can do may be comforting to both children and adults. A
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TOWN OF WOODSIDE INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING COMMISSION Districts 1 Unexpired term to February 2016 The Planning Commission participates in the administration of the planning laws and policies of the Town. It is responsible for recommending to the Town Council ordinances and resolutions necessary to implement the General Plan and adopted development policy. The Commission also conducts necessary public hearings to administer the planning laws and policies of the Town and acts upon applications for zoning amendments, conditional use permits, variances, subdivisions and other related functions as may be assigned by the Council. The Planning Commission meets on the ﬁrst and third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; Commissioners are appointed for a four-year term; one member is appointed from each Council district. A listing of district addresses is provided on the Town’s web site at www.woodsidetown.org, Town Hall, Boards and Committees, Planning Commission, Districts. Interested residents may request information and applications Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-12 noon and 1-5:00 PM at Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, at the Town’s web site, www.woodsidetown.org, Residents, Volunteer Opportunities, or telephone the Town Clerk at (650) 851-6790. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 5:00 PM. December 19, 2012 N TheAlmanacOnline.com N The Almanac N 3
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An architect’s drawing shows a conceptual plan for the Las Lomitas School (K-3) campus that would include new (shown in yellow) two-story buildings and an additional multi-use room while retaining many existing buildings (shown in white).
Las Lomitas examines two-story option By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac
lexible-use two-story classrooms clustered around outdoor spaces could be used to reduce the squeeze put on the Las Lomitas Elementary School District by a 40 percent growth in the number of students during the last decade, if a plan previewed for the district’s board on Dec. 12 is adopted. The two-school district, for children in kindergarten through eighth-grade, needs to approve a facilities master plan as the first step in asking voters to consider a bond measure to finance construction. “This is the beginning of
a very, very long process,” Superintendent Lisa Cesario told the board. The conceptual plans presented to the board show that some current classrooms and other buildings would remain, while new two-story classrooms and multi-use rooms would be built on both campuses and all portable classrooms would be removed. Consultants on the plan include Blach Construction, Architects of Achievement and WRNS Studio Architects. In earlier meetings with the community and with teachers at Las Lomitas (K-3) and La Entrada (4-8) schools, all three groups chose more classroom