Schools throughout the Sacramento region are reviewing safety procedures and reassuring parents in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Sacramento-area school leaders joined educators across the nation Friday reaching out to families in letters and phone messages.
"Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community," Debra La Voi, superintendent of Woodland Joint Unified, said in a letter to families and faculty. "This is a time we will all need to stay strong and stay connected so our children feel support and safety."
Many schools plan to have counselors available Monday to talk to students. Educators also offered resources to help parents grappling with how to discuss the shooting with their children.
Here are some online sites that offer advice and support.
Responding to tragedy: Information from Sacramento City Unified. www.scusd.edu/responding-tragedy
Resources for coping with tragedy. www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/cp/tragedy.asp
Coping with school violence. www.PTA.org/SchoolViolence.