White Plains Schools Pay Tribute to Newtown Victims

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White Plains schools tried to return to normalcy Monday in the wake of the Newtown school shooting. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. ‒ White Plains middle and high school students observed a moment of silence during regular morning assemblies Monday for Newtown's shooting victims, Superintendent Chris Clouet said.

However, regular morning assemblies were canceled at the elementary schools as the district sought to handle the situation in an age-appropriate manor.

Friday, Clouet worked with the city's police to have a patrol car at each school. Monday, he met with the district's school security consultant. Each school's safety committees also met Monday to ensure all policies are being followed.

"In White Plains we have worked over the years with the Board of Education to provide a cooperative and safe environment for our schools," said David Chong, public safety commissioner. "We currently have plans in place and we drill on a regular basis."

While the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School appears to be an isolated incident, Chong said, the Police Department remains in contact with Connecticut police.

"As Public Safety learns more about this incident, we will coordinate with our school officials to ensure that our students and teachers have the safest environment possible," Chong said.

Monday, Clouet wanted a return to normalcy for White Plains students.

"We want to have the routines of a normal school day," he said.

A list of resources to help families cope with the situation is available on the White Plains schools website.

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