On behalf of the UnionvilleChadds Ford School District, and most especially on behalf of the staff and students of Pocopson Elementary School, I would like to extend deepest gratitude to the emergency responders who dealt with the critical incident that unfolded in Pocopson Township on Dec. 1. Recognizing that Pocopson Elementary School is located one mile from the site of police engagement, West Chester Police and state police representatives kept district personnel well-informed. Throughout the day, Andrew Skean of the Longwood Fire Police served as key communicator, reporting directly from the command center. This information, and the clear manner in which it was communicated, allowed the district to make sound decisions on behalf of our students and staff.As events unfolded, our thoughts remained with our emergency responders as they served our community with courage, dignity and devotion. It is my hope that members of our school community will join me in this expression of appreciation, and that our children will be able to fully understand the gifts that they were given by all who served to protect them.

Sharon E. Parker

West Marlborough Township

Sharon Parker is superintendent of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District.

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