Trumbull schools reopen; Officials strive for normalcy

As students returned to Trumbull schools Monday, Supt. Ralph Iassogna stressed that parents and staff should do their best to maintain a sense of security and normalcy for the students.

"It is truly unconscionable that the sanctity of our schools again has been violated," Iassogna told the administrative staff. "It is critical that in times such as this, we, as leaders, project a sense of calmness and provide support and strength to our students and staff. We should strive to keep routines as normal as possible as it is well-know that kids gain security from the predictability of routines."

On Monday, all Trumbull schools observed a moment of silence and flew flags at half-staff. In addition, crisis counselors were ready.

School security was at the forefront of everyone's thoughts, Iassogna said. Before schools opened Monday, Iassogna and school security staff met with Police Chief Tom Kiely and deputies Glenn Byrnes and Michael Harry to review school security procedures and possible enhancements to building safety.

"Our administration, the town and police are working very hard to provide a safe environment and are meeting continually to monitor security measures, even though the solution to school violence and safety lies beyond the boundaries of Trumbull and even Connecticut," Iassogna said.

Police in marked and unmarked cars were at the schools Monday morning, and school officials also met at each school to review safety measures, including control of the "buzzer" access at each building.

Iassogna also told parents to try and maintain as normal a routine as possible. Though parents may want to escort their child to the classroom instead of dropping them off at the door, Iassogna urged otherwise.

"The flow of parents and others into the building must be minimized as security, normalcy and routines will be our prevailing message," he said. "In such times, it is strongly recommended that we strive to keep routines as normal as possible, as it is well-known that children gain security from the predictability of routines."

Finally, Iassogna directed the staff not to focus on the recent tragedy, but to response to student questions or concerns in an age and developmentally appropriate manner, particularly among elementary school-age children.

"We will never forget our deep sense of loss for our fallen colleagues who gave their lives for children and to other staff whose valiant efforts and actions saved the lives of many others," he said.