Dear Smithtown School Community,

As we struggle as a nation to come to grips with yet another school shooting, our condolences are with all those in Parkland, Florida, and everyone directly affected by this senseless tragedy. As educators and parents, it is difficult to comprehend such events.

I want to reassure you that we take school safety and security very seriously. Our schools are a safe place. As a district, we continuously review and improve our districtwide Emergency Management Plan as needed to incorporate any new policies or improvements in security equipment. Additionally, all district staff undergo annual training on the emergency response plan, and students and staff participate in drills throughout the school year.

Additions to our security this school year include access swipes at all middle schools and high schools and additional exterior cameras for all elementary buildings. All school buildings have access-controlled doors that are operated by a swipe card. Raptor, a visitor monitoring system, has also been installed in all district school buildings and the administration building at New York Avenue.

As always, our top priority is the safety and well-being of each of our students. This is a responsibility we take seriously. Please be aware that help is available through our schools. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you feel that your child is in need of special assistance and/or if you feel that you need guidance with how to best approach this situation with your child.

For additional resources on helping your child deal with this tragedy, please visit the National Association of School Psychologists website. I have also included the NASP document “Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers” to assist you, which can be accessed through this link.

Dr. James J. Grossane, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools