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Dear Ferndale Community,   

We were deeply saddened to hear the news of the school shooting at a Uvalde, TX elementary school.    

We know that events like this are not only tragic and painful, but they can often lead to anxiety and fear felt by our entire school community. As more details become available in the coming days, we understand that our students and staff may need additional support during this time.  

We want to reinforce that our schools have counseling and support services in place and available to those who may be struggling with this horrible event.  

Additionally, below are some resources that may be helpful during this time. 

• American Psychological Association: Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting 

• Common Sense Media: How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings 

• National Association of School Psychologists Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers 

Keeping our students and staff safe at school is our top priority, and we take precautions every day to ensure our buildings are safe, welcoming places for all students, staff, and families.  

We know that safety planning goes beyond drills and security cameras. Please remember that we have an anonymous reporting tool Vector Alert, formally known as Safe Schools Alert. By working together, we can continue to ensure a safe learning and teaching environment for all students and staff. If you see something, say something. Students, staff, families, and neighbors all contribute to the safety of our Ferndale community 

At Ferndale School District, we have well-trained staff to provide support for our students, including counselors, our student services team, safety supports staff, mental health specialists, campus monitors, teachers and many others.    

As you process your own feelings, please remember that in the Ferndale School District, we are your community. Whether you or your child need comfort, resources or action steps, we are always here. I encourage anyone struggling to reach out to those you trust in our schools and our community. Remember that each of our schools is filled with people who care about our families, students and staff, and we are here to help.   

Our hearts are with Robb Elementary’s educators, students, and families as well as the entire Uvalde community during this time. 


Mark Deebach