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Weston Leaders To Talk About School Security Monday

Weston High School will host the town's school security presentation April 1 starting at 7 p.m.
Weston High School will host the town's school security presentation April 1 starting at 7 p.m. Photo Credit: File

WESTON, Conn. – Weston Public Schools will host a special presentation Monday to talk to parents about security changes after the Newtown shooting and last month’s lockdown at Weston High School.

“I look forward to your participation in this important discussion on the security of our district and the safety of your children,” Superintendent Colleen Palmer wrote in a letter announcing the session earlier this month. “There is nothing that we take more seriously than the responsibility of keeping your children safe and secure while you entrust them to our care.”

Since December Weston has hired six new security guards for its public schools, Director of Finance and Operations Jo-Ann Keating told the Board of Education last month. Weston Police have also increased their presence on School Road during school days for added security.

The Board of Education is also currently discussing the possibility of adding a School Resource Officer at Weston High School. A School Resource Officer would be a member of the police department assigned full-time to the school. The school board will hear a presentation on the program at its meeting Thursday night.

Other towns in the area already use an SRO, and their uses vary depending on the town. Most act as added security, but resource officers can also act as advisers to principals and teachers or as a mentor to students.

School and police officials will offer a presentation on the new security measures, changes that might come in the future, and ways parents can help keep schools safe. There will also be an opportunity for parents to ask questions and share their concerns.

The event will start at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1 in the Weston High School auditorium.

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