New Security Measures In Place As Newtown Students Return To School

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Newtown students are heading back to school Tuesday, including the students from Sandy Hook Elementary School, who will be continuing to attend the Chalk Hill School in neighboring Monroe.

When kids return to class this morning they’ll see more security, much like kids in the rest of the state will see when they return to class over the next couple of days.

Newtown’s first selectwoman says security for Newtown schools has developed into a three-phase plan. The short-term plan involves Newtown police operating on an overtime budget and covering all the elementary schools as well as acting as a back up to the juvenile officer at Reed Intermediate School.

The midterm plan calls for assigning or hiring school resource officers for the three Newtown elementary schools. The town is still trying to figure out how to fund these officers.

Finally, the long-term plan involved possibly creating a new position called a school safety officer or SSO, which would provide an armed officer in all schools.

Sandy Hook School has its own separate security plan that the superintendent of schools did not want to speak specifically about.

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