Update, 5 p.m.
The Fairfield Public Schools website has posted the following update and link to resources for helping children in the wake of violence:
"The National Association of School Psychologists provide a great deal of quality information for parents and teachers to help children and young adults cope in the aftermath of violence like the violence that occurred today in Newtown. Please follow this link www.nasponline.org to get assistance. The support services teams in our schools (School Psychologists, Social Workers, and School Counselors) are also available to support you and your children should the need arise."
Update, 3:16 p.m.
A statement from First Selectman Michael Tetreau, via the town's Facebook page:
Dear Fairfield Residents,
I wish to express my deep sadness for the tragedy that occurred in Newtown today. My heart goes out to the victims and their loved ones. Our Superintendent and Police Chief have sent out an alert to Fairfield’s parents. Please be reassured that our town continues to keep our residents and children safe.
Let us count our blessings this holiday season and continue to perform good acts for one another.
Michael C. Tetreau
Original Post, 2 p.m.
The Fairfield Police Department has assigned patrols to monitor dismissal at Fairfield's school, according to a post on the department's Facebook page:
"The Chief of Police and Superintendent of Schools want to assure you that our schools are safe and that no further action is required by our schools at this time. However, the police department will be assigning additional patrol officers to all schools during dismissal time today as an added measure of safety. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the staff and students in Newtown."