Local school divisions confront tragedy at Texas elementary school
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Local school divisions are confronting the shooting that took place in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday.
The shooting at an elementary school claimed the lives of 21 people, including 19 children and two adults.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, the United States has seen more than 200 mass shootings so far in 2022. Wednesday marks the 145th day of the year.
"I am mortified every time this happens,” said Albemarle County Public Schools Director of Student Services Dr. Jesse Turner.
He says ACPS is implementing additional safety protocols throughout the division.
Turner says the district is working with the Albemarle County Police Department to increase police presence on all school campuses.
"We have patrolmen going around as much as they can through parking lots at schools. I've moved around some of my safety people to cover different areas," Turner said.
He says the division is also looking to update and add additional security cameras across all county schools.
He adds teachers will be discussing the tragedy during class time, and he urges parents to sit their kids down as well.
"It's important for parents to one, tell their children to always be mindful of their surroundings. But also, if they see something that isn't right, then say something," Turner said.
He says families and staff can report suspicious activity through an anonymous text alert system found on the division's website.
Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Royal Gurley took to Twitter Wednesday morning:
"Today, I am affirming it's okay to pause your lesson plans and take care of yourself and your students. Students need developmental play, SEL conversations, & spaces to ask difficult questions."
Click here for the full statement Gurley sent to division families.
Louisa County Public Schools Superintendent Doug Straley sent the following statement to division families:
"Our School Resource Officers and other safety staff members will be extremely vigilant and continue to uphold our safety strategies and procedures. LCPS administrators will also be at all of our schools today making sure procedures are running smoothly. "