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  • Area schools up patrol officers, review safety procedures

  • As thousands of lake area students return to the classroom in the wake of the tragic death of 20 elementary age children at their school in Newtown, Conn., officials say counselors and school resource officers will be on campuses to reassure students and staff.
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  • As thousands of lake area students return to the classroom in the wake of the tragic death of 20 elementary age children at their school in Newtown, Conn., officials say counselors and school resource officers will be on campuses to reassure students and staff. Camdenton Supertindent Tim Hadfield said as soon as the news of the Connecticut school shooting was reported, the district increased the visibility of resource officers patrolling the buildings and made counselors available to staff and students. Those measures will continue as students and staff return to class, he said. Hadfield said the district understands there will be students and parents as well as staff members who are uneasy. "We want to assure everyone that we are taking this seriously," he said. "This sad situation certainly has schools reflecting on safety and security measures. " Prior to last week's shootings, Camdenton had recently formed an ad hoc crisis planning committee to assess the district's procedures. Hadfield said like any school district, safety and security of students and staff is a priority. The district has an aggressive safety and security program in place. In Eldon, police officers will be assigned to buildings to reassure the students, staff and the public. District officials planned to use the automated phone system and Facebook to post information about the school's response. Like Camdenton, the Eldon district has been reviewing their safety and security measures. Camdenton and Eldon are the two largest districts in the lake area with a combined enrollment of approximately 6,000.
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