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Canon City schools stepping up security

By Jaclyn Rostie, Reporter, j.rostie@krdo.com
Published On: Jan 21 2013 08:38:07 PM CST

More Police, "Code Words" and improving communication with parents

CANON CITY, Colo. -

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre, Canon City schools are revisiting their safety plans.

"It's a good time to look at our procedures and see what has changed in the way of best practices in school security," said Superintendent Robin Gooldy.

On Monday, he met with Canon City Police to go over their new 11 point security plan.

"It is possible on one school day statistically to have up to five officers visiting a school," said Police Chief Paul Schultz.

The plan includes increasing police presence, special emergency code words and more communication with parents.

"So that they understand a lockout, a lock down, what all those procedures mean and what to expect.  Also, it's to educate them on the best thing they can do to help us with a situation.  For example, don't rush to school to get your kid out of school when the school is probably the safest place for their child at that time," said Gooldy.

The new plan is in effect, but Gooldy said it is always a work in progress.

The district is meeting with school leaders from Littleton, Co. next week.

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