CLCS responds to security concerns in wake of Newtown tragedy

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today we grieve with the families of Newton, Connecticut as they react to the unexpected tragedy that befell them today. We truly live in a broken world, evidenced by the lost souls who entered a K-4 elementary school today and gunned down over 27 people. We know that God will create blessings even out of this tragedy (Romans 8:28). I am confident that you will join us in praying for God’s peace and presence in the midst of this senseless event.
What is very important for you to understand is that we not only have security measures in place to prevent this type of event from happening at CLCS, we also have detailed plans and procedures for every disaster, including an armed person on campus. Every year the teachers review our safety procedures, engage in drills, and review our safety handbook (which was just revised this year to ensure compliance with the most recent codes and guidelines from both state and local governments as well as leading agencies in the field). We have video camera surveillance of all entrance and exits and do not allow unfamiliar people to enter without asking them why they are here and verifying their appointments. Students, volunteers, and staff are trained to question anyone on campus that does not display a visitor badge and is unfamiliar to that person. We will purposefully heighten our vigilance in employing these measures.
Christ Lutheran is blessed to have members of the police force as part of our Christ community. These parents are actively looking out for our school and often supply us with updates regarding extra precautions that are taken. For example, the Harbor division is stepping up the patrols around elementary schools in case of any increased activity that may result from today’s tragedy.
Rest assured that your child’s safety (physical, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional) is of the utmost importance to us. We thank God for the blessings that we have received, and those to come. God never promised us that we would not face hardships or heartbreak while on this earth, but He did promise that he would never leave us! Remember that Christ is our Immanuel, meaning God is With Us, and He does not disappoint! May the God of Jacob, Moses, Abraham, and You grant you His peace that passes all understanding today and every day.

Your Sister in Christ,

Patricia Mayer

Principal
Christ Lutheran Church and School
28850 South Western Avenue
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 9027
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