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AISD Superintendent Statement on School Shooting in Connecticut

Flags Flown at Half-staff in Honor of Victims

Austin, TX—The Austin Independent School District released the following statement from Superintendent Meria Carstarphen regarding the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.:

We are deeply saddened to learn about today’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with the school’s community and families.

Today’s school shooting in Connecticut is a tragic reminder that we must all remain vigilant to safeguard campus security. AISD asks our team members, families and community members to help us ensure our schools remain safe by alerting principals if they have any safety concerns or see people whom they do not recognize. In the event of an immediate threat or emergency, please call 911.

Safety is our number one priority. In order to protect the security of our students, staff members and campus communities, AISD requires all visitors to report to the school’s main office, present appropriate identification and wear a visible visitor’s badge at all times. If regular visits to schools or direct interactions with students are anticipated, visitors must consent to a criminal history background check.

At the request of President Barack Obama, flags at AISD schools and facilities will be flown at half-staff.


AISD Policy for School Visitors: The Board of Trustees policy for visitors to schools (GKC – LOCAL, adopted 2009) is available in board documents.

Talking About Tragedy with Children: As news coverage about the school shooting continues, students may have questions about the incident. Talking about tragedy with children is important, but can be difficult. AISD counselors are available to speak with students. The district's learning support services team also is sharing tips with parents about how they can discuss the tragedy with children at home.