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Yakima School District Discusses Security Changes

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YAKIMA, Wash. - It was the first day back at school for students and staff in the Yakima School District since the tragedy in Connecticut.

The superintendent sent a letter to all staff members Wednesday morning.

It said "In response to the tragedy in Connecticut, we are having numerous discussions with local law enforcement... and the Educational School District (ESD) to look for ways to improve our security and safety measures."

Staff are asked to double check safety protocols like visitation rights and emergency alarm codes. They're also expected to create safety backpacks to be used during emergencies and carry out monthly drills.

"I've received quite a few emails from teachers today asking questions, and so we have been dialoging and talking about best practice," said Lois Menard, the Yakima School District Security Director.

Some of these best practices include locking doors and being aware of any unusual behavior so you can report it to the principal or the school officer.

School Resource Officers are already visible in middle and high schools. They're on call for the elementary schools.

Once all safety procedures are reviewed, the school district will make any changes they see fit. 

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