Sandy Hook killings
Business as usual for Dublin students, staff
Guidance counselors were available to parents and students, but otherwise it was business as usual as Dublin City Schools returned to the first day of school since the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Administrators met Dec. 17 to review the district's safety plan, but Superintendent David Axner urged parents to keep life normal in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 dead.
"One of the best things we can do for our children during this difficult time is to instill a sense of routine and we intend to have normal school days this week," Axner said in a letter to parents.
Per state law, all districts must submit a safety plan and Dublin City Schools submitted a plan earlier this year.
"All staff has a copy of the plan in his or her classroom and all have been trained on its implementation," Axner said in the letter.
"Lockdown drills take place in all schools on a regular basis.
"Our principals have taken the lead in ensuring our entire staff has a heightened awareness of building security in light of the Sandy Hook tragedy."
All school buildings are locked during the school day and can be accessed only through a door that leads to the school office.
The Dublin Police Department was involved with the Dec. 17 meeting and has school resource officers at some Dublin schools.
"Police have met with district leadership to ensure the safety of our schools and community," said Megan Canavan, a Dublin public information officer.