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Security Protocols Under Review for Shrewsbury Schools

Superintendent Joseph Sawyer is working with emergency responders to make sure district children are safe.

According to a recent article in the Boston Globe, schools that had previously had an "open door" policy quickly became locked facilities requiring visitors get buzzed in following the Connecticut shooting tragedy.

Boston expanded its security at schools, as did towns such as Natick, Winchester and Medford.

Shrewsbury Public Schools Superintendent Joseph Sawyer has decided now is the time to review the schools’ safety plans here as well.

“We have redoubled our efforts related to existing safety and security protocols, and we have increased the levels of supervision of visitors to our schools,” Sawyer said in a release.

Sawyer is worked with Shrewsbury Police Chief James Hester to create a committee to review the current safety plans and find out where they can be improved.

“In the coming days, weeks and months, our school district will work closely with public safety officials and representatives of our various constituencies in order to determine what the most prudent and effective course of action should be – action that will promote the safety of our students, our staff, and all who visit our schools in a reasonable manner that is proportionate to the circumstances,” he said.

While no specific changes have been outlined, the school and police officials who will be on the committee are expected to begin meeting after the new year begins.

Anahit Oha December 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Please lock the doors and check Id of visitors . Its a small step . Why wouldn't we lock the school doors?
AnnMarie R. Harvie December 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Any security beef up would be welcomed. The assailant in CT shot through a glass door or window to get in, right? Perhaps some bullet-proof glass at those entrances would help. It would be too expensive to do all the school windows, I think. Buzzers with a monitor to see who wants to come in and a little bullet proof glass might go along way. I know we're strapped for cash. Perhaps Obama will allot a little funding to schools to do this? I don't know. The whole thing is such a mess. I pray for the parents of those poor victims and I pray that our own children will stay safe.

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