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Port Chester Schools Will Review Emergency Plans

Port Chester school officials will review safety procedures in the wake of the Newtown shootings.
Port Chester school officials will review safety procedures in the wake of the Newtown shootings. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – In the wake of the Newtown. Conn., school tragedy, Port Chester school district officials said they are planning a review of safety procedures.

Schools Superintendent Edward A. Kliszus said in a letter to parents and posted on the district's website  that the district planned to “hold the most normal and routine day possible [Monday] to ensure that our students feel safe and secure.”

Doors at all school campuses are locked during school hours and only authorized individuals are permitted to enter buildings, according to school security rules.

District Communications Officer Caryn Furst, who said she was at Port Chester Middle School early Monday afternoon said there were no major changes at the school except, “They are a little more careful, in terms of keeping the front doors locked.”

All visitors are required to report immediately to the school office to sign in and visits are limited to appointments only.

Unauthorized individuals are not permitted to roam school buildings. Kliszus asks anyone who may see a suspicious person or persons near any school buildings to contact law enforcement immediately.

“We also want to reassure you that your children are safe at our schools,” said Kliszus in a letter. “We work closely with law enforcement to ensure that our safety procedures meet the highest standards and work to ensure that we have safety procedures in place to protect your children and our staff.”

Furst said the district will be reviewing its safety procedures in light of the tragedy. In addition, each school will continue to run lock-down and evacuation drills regularly.

Each school’s professional staff will be available to students who would like to speak with them about the shooting.

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