A Message from Superintendent Culkeen

Dear SVSU Community,

I am sure you all join me in the extreme sorrow and grief we are experiencing over the devastating events that took place May 24, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. It is a tragedy beyond our worst nightmares and our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all of the families and school community members who lost loved ones during this horrific event.

We want to assure you that safety is our highest priority, and we update our procedures and responses as our local safety officials learn more about responses to these types of situations.
Additionally, our staff and counselors will be available for students in school as needed and we have provided you with a link to a resource that might support you as you process this event with your child(ren). Please reach out if you feel your child needs specific support in processing this incident.
As always, we will work together to let our children know that we have many safety protocols in place. Please be assured that emergency preparedness continues to be a top priority across our district and each of our schools.
Deepest sympathies and sorrow go out to those affected by the tragic shootings. There are no words that could possibly capture the extent of their loss.

On behalf of the SVSU Administrative Team,

James R. Culkeen
Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
Bennington, Vermont
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