BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- The shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has renewed concerns regarding the safety of schools and has some questioning how to prevent future tragedies.
Many school districts say they will review their safety procedures to see if there is a way to improve them. While a tragedy like the one in Connecticut is rare, it serves as a reminder that safety should not be taken lightly.
"Everybody's trying to prepare for this thing that could happen. Schools are tightening down, they're locking more of their doors, putting controls on the doors coming in and out of the building, watching who's coming. You take every precaution that you can," said Broome County Sheriff David Harder.
In addition to improving safety protocols, Harder says it is equally important to practice them.
School districts send out statements:
I would like to take a moment to express our deepest sadness for everyone suffering in Newtown, CT during this most difficult time. I want to also let our community know that our schools have detailed safety plans and practice them regularly. We review our lockdown and lockout procedures and practice them so in the event we might unfortunately need to implement them, our students and staff will know how to react accordingly. Safety is and has always been a priority for our students. We will continue to review our plans and procedures and work in close contact with our local police authorities.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.
Dr. Suzanne McLeod, Superintendent of Schools
As an educational community we are all very saddened by the tragedy that recently occurred in an elementary school in Connecticut. The safety of our students, faculty and staff is a priority at Whitney Point Central School District and I would like to assure you that there are many policies and procedures in place to keep everyone safe.
I have met with our administrative and counseling teams to be sure that we are prepared to support any students who may return to school with concerns. As this news may be very upsetting to children, I would encourage you to monitor the exposure your children have to this incident on TV and the Internet.
Although the tragedy in Newtown is an isolated event, the Broome County Sheriff's Department and the NY State Troopers have volunteered to monitor schools in our area for the next week or so. You will most likely see Sheriff or Trooper cars on our campuses at various times during the day. Please do not be alarmed by this, as it is only a precaution and is intended to help alleviate any safety concerns.
Thank you for all you do each day to help us provide a safe and secure learning environment for our students!
Patricia Follette Superintendent
As we all mourn the senseless loss of life at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, we want to stress to our students and parents that we are here for you if you need any help. As a staff we will watch students carefully and be capable and able to assist your child and our community, as needed. We will also be reviewing our district policies and procedures to continue to improve our schools safety plans.
To the parents, faculty, and community members of Towanda Area School District:
In light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, Towanda Area School District would like to share information with the public regarding steps we take to insure the safety of our students and employees. Updated information can be found on the web site at www.tsd.k12.pa.us.
There are no words to express our heartfelt sympathy for the victims of the Connecticut tragedy.
Towanda Area School District continues to review current safety policies and is open to any suggestions from faculty, students, parent, or the public.