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‘Our thoughts are with those families’

Updated: January 16, 2013 6:08AM

In the wake of the mass shooting in Connecticut, officials in Lake County’s two largest school districts said they will continue to review their policies and adjust them accordingly.

“It’s one of those things, it’s very unfortunate,” said Nicholas Alajakas, spokesman for Waukegan Community Unit School District 60, the county’s largest. “We have procedures in place for dealing with visitors and procedures in case of emergency or crisis situations.

“We are constantly reviewing our procedures and best practices and we are always going over our crisis plan and educating key players on how to deal with a crisis,” he said. “It’s fluid, it’s always changing.”

At Woodland Community Consolidated School District 50, Lake County’s largest elementary district, there was shock and disbelief among teachers and administrators.

“Our thoughts go out to the victims and families of the Connecticut school shooting,” said spokeswoman Jennifer Bova.

“Safety is our No. 1 priority with our students and staff. We have comprehensive crisis procedures in place in the event of emergencies. These procedures are consistently practiced and evaluated with our staff, students and administrators in conjunction with the Gurnee Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office,” said Bova.

“As with any incident, there are always lessons learned. As those emerge, our procedures will be reviewed to implement those lessons learned as appropriate,” she added.

Woodland Superintendent Dr. Joy Swoboda sent an email message to parents Friday saying that if children “need support during this difficult time” they should contact teachers or District 50 administrators.

“Many people’s lives were lost today, including those of young children,” Swoboda said. “Our thoughts are with those families.”

Gov. Pat Quinn ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff in memory of the dozens killed in the Connecticut school shootings.

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