A Message from Principal Steinberger (May 30, 2022):
“While I appreciate that our school district sent out a message about the school shooting tragedy that occurred in Uvalde, Texas last week, I wanted to let you all know that I also shared a message with all of our Students on RooTube or in an assembly. I told our children that I see Roosevelt Students and Staff as my second family. Their safety is my first priority and always will be. I am thankful that our campus security guard, Mr. Munoz, is always there to help our students and community. VP Brewer, all of our Staff members and I communicate immediately when there is a safety need. I am also thankful for our school police officers, who support the schools in our area and respond immediately when needed. The events in the world can be traumatizing for our kids. Please talk with them and encourage them to reach out to their school counselors if they need support. Additionally, many of us will Wear Orange this Friday, June 3, to honor victims of gun violence. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Thank you.”
A Message from Superintendent Jackson (May 25, 2022):
Across the country, our hearts ache for the young students and adults who died and are suffering as a result of tragic gun violence at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Sadness, outrage, and fear are our natural reactions to yet another senseless mass shooting.
To help our families discuss this tragedy, we are sharing some materials you may find useful. If your student(s) needs additional support, please know we have resources and trained staff available to help. All employees of San Diego Unified fully embrace the responsibility of caring for your students.
Even as we grieve, our schools are prepared to comfort and support students who may wish to discuss their fears with others. Our schools have safe places for these conversations to occur, and our counselors are ready to support students.
It is important to remember that we all express grief in different and often unexpected ways. We ask all adults to be present for each other and for the young people in our community. Those of us who have experienced trauma or loss in our lives may need kindness now more than ever.
There is more each of us can do to respond to the crisis of mass shootings that is gripping our country. The Board of Education recently adopted a resolution calling for families to inform themselves with the facts about gun violence.
School safety and the well-being of our students and staff remains our top priority at San Diego Unified. We must all do what we can to keep our young people safe from gun violence.
Dr. Lamont Jackson