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Tragedy in Monterey Park

Dear Glendale Unified Students, Employees, Families, and Community,

We were devastated to hear of yet another mass shooting over the weekend, this time at a Lunar New Year event in Monterey Park. This terrible act shattered what should have been a celebration of joy and hope for the new year. Our hearts are with the families, friends, and loved ones of those who were lost and injured.

It can be challenging to know exactly what to say to a child following a national tragedy. Below you will find a list of resources from the Los Angeles County Office of Education to provide educators and parents support in talking to students about gun violence, their safety, and their feelings.

Our Glendale Unified Board of Education has taken proactive measures over the years to protect our students, families, employees, and community from acts of gun violence. This winter, the Board unanimously re-adopted their resolution Protecting Our Children from Preventable Gun Violence. In 2019, when this resolution was initially adopted, our Glendale Unified Safe School Plans and Parent/Student Handbooks were updated to include information and resources about every parents’/guardians’ legal duty to safely store their firearms. Additionally, the district added a signature form to our registration packet beginning in 2019 requiring each parent/ guardian to acknowledge awareness of their safe gun storage responsibilities.

We take gun safety very seriously and thank you for being a constant partner in protecting our students, employees, families, and community from preventable gun violence. We will continue to work tirelessly together to ensure our campuses are safe spaces where every child can learn and thrive.

Resources for Schools and Families 

If your child needs additional support, please contact your school counselor or administrator.

Sincerely,

Vivian Ekchian, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools