Security Changes On The Way For School Districts


UPDATED: Monday December 17, 2012 6:44 AM

One local school district was expecting its Monday morning routine to look different when students return to class for the first time after the Newtown, Conn. school shooting.

"I expect to see more parents bringing their kids to school and walking them in the door and reassuring them, I think," Bexley City Schools superintendent Dr. Michael Johnson said.

Johnson said he and his staff were prepared to examine its current security plan and address any concerns of parents.

"They can expect that the school district is going to do all it can to make their life safe and even make it safer by incorporating other safety measures in the future," Johnson said.

The Olentangy School District sent an email to families offering a list of Internet resources including tips for helping children cope with traumatic stress and a reminder about the district's safety measures.

Students and families in the Miami Trace School District were told to expect a visible law enforcement presence at every school beginning Monday. Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth told 10TV he was preparing to make big changes.

"We'll make our presence known by being out on the (parking) lot before school. And once school starts, we'll be inside the building," Sheriff Stanforth said.

Stanforth also said deputies would be carrying weapons and driving their patrol cars while off duty to provide additional protection for the community.

"It can happen anywhere. And we need to be as prepared as we can. Our deputies will be more vigilant around not only our schools, but shopping malls, stores, the entire community," Stanforth said.

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