In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last week, Oregon School District superintendent Brian Busler sent a letter to district staff and families sharing information and resources to help support students.

The letter explained that safety of staff and students remain a top priority.

“We want to assure you that the OSD has safety and emergency plans in place,” the letter explained. “We routinely practice and update preparedness protocols at all of our schools to keep our students, staff and visitors safe.”

It continued to say those plans are reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis and all changes are shared throughout the district.

It also shared resources to support students throughout the continued media coverage of the event.

“We understand that the heavy media attention surrounding this event creates questions and concerns for students, parents and staff,” Busler stated in the letter. “Our student services staff (school counselors, school psychologists and others) are available to speak with students and parents who have concerns.”

Contact information for those staff members was shared, and can be found at oregonsd.org/ support.

The letter also linked to the National Association of School Psychologists, a resource Busler suggested be used to help parents learn how to talk to children about tragedies in the news.

“As we move forward together, we thank you for your continued support for our dedicated staff who continually works to keep our children safe,” Busler wrote.

For information about support available to students, visit oregonsd.org/domain/27.

Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.levenhagen@wcinet.com.