Message from OPS
November 30, 2021
Dear Otsego families and community,
Today, we share our deepest sympathy and support for the students, staff and families of Oxford Community Schools. We cannot begin to imagine the pain the Oxford community feels this evening following the shooting that took place earlier at Oxford High School, causing at least three fatalities and additional injuries. Our hearts are heavy with the weight of such a loss and our thoughts are with those left injured.
While it is unknown what prompted the shooting, and not for us to speculate, we do wish to send our families and community members resources and a reminder that there are ways to seek help if you are experiencing distress. Otsego Public Schools, and others across our state, participate in the OK2Say program. Additionally, here are mental health resources designed to support a variety of challenges experienced by people of all ages. We encourage our students, families and community to use these resources when needed.
For families seeking a way to talk with their children about today’s events, you may find the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) website to be a helpful starting point. Non-specific safety conversations may be more appropriate for younger students and may begin with presentations such as these found on the Johns Hopkins site for K-2 grade and 3-5 grade safety in schools.
Our thoughts and support are with the Oxford community today and throughout their recovery.
Jeff Haase, Superintendent
Otsego Public Schools