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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 5:08 pm

This message was released Friday by the Mesa Unified School District:

"Mesa Public Schools is shocked and saddened by the senseless shooting

and loss of life that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in

Connecticut today.

Our deepest sympathy and our thoughts are with everyone in Newtown as

they deal with the heartbreaking tragedy.

We know an event like this raises questions in our community about how

we safeguard children in our care.

Student and staff safety is always our top priority. We have

comprehensive security and emergency plans in place, such as visitor

sign-in requirements, lockdown procedures, evacuation protocols and

mass-communication systems.

These procedures are reviewed regularly, and students and staff

practice them every semester. Our efforts are coordinated closely with

the Mesa Police Department and other law enforcement and municipal

agencies.

Please don't hesitate to contact your school if your child needs

additional assistance from our teachers and counselors to deal with

the distressing news."

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