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Increased safety measures at most schools after Sandy Hook shootings


With classes back in session in Indiana County’s public schools today after the holiday break, school administrations and district boards are addressing safety procedures in response to the mass murder last month of students and teachers at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school.


The Blairsville-Saltsburg School District tomorrow night will hold the first of two public meetings to discuss school safety in their buildings.  The meeting is from 6 to 7 o’clock at the Blairsville Middle/High School auditorium.  Another meeting will be held at the Saltsburg Middle/High School audotorium on January 16th from 5:30 to 6:30, prior to the regular monthly school board meeting. 


At United, new superintendent Barbara Parkins has sent a letter to parents telling them that the adminstrative team has met to review safety procedures.  Marion Center superintendent Frank Garritano sent a letter to parents informing them that there may be changes to visitor policies and student sign-out procedures, and an increased law enforcement presence.  Indiana’s Dale Kirsch and Homer Center’s Charles Koren have also sent simliar letters outlining school safety practices and assuring parents that those procedures are always under review.

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