Counselors will be on hand to help students if needed

Classes at the Towne Point Elementary School will be held as scheduled Thursday, Aug. 30, Capital School District spokeswoman Candace McCarthy has announced.

A shooting on the grounds Tuesday night caused Superintendent Dan Shelton to call off classes Aug. 29, although teachers were at the school.

In a prepared statement, McCarthy added, “The Dover police continue to investigate, and at this time they continue to believe this incident is an isolated occurrence because of certain factors which cannot be released due to the nature of the investigation at this time.

“There is currently a person of interest that has been identified and is being sought by the police,” she said.

The Dover Post has been unable to corroborate McCarthy’s statement with the city police department.

McCarthy said when students return there will be an enhanced police presence around the school in addition to school safety monitors.

“Teachers were at work today and have prepared for students to come with different levels of anxiety,” she said. “While the incident will be acknowledged in each class, students who appear to be struggling emotionally or have questions will be allowed to speak with school and mental health counselors.

“Extra counselors and social workers will be on hand to deal with issues that may arise with children or adults as they deal with a potentially traumatic situation,” McCarthy said.

Additional resources are available on the school website as provided by the district’s Office of Student Services, she said. Students will be given that information before class dismissal Thursday.

“As always, our children’s safety is our primary concern,” she said. “We understand that this has caused anxiety throughout our Towne Point school community and hope that we can continue our school year in a positive way.”