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Duval Schools eye security changes in January

9:42 AM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last Friday has schools on the First Coast revisiting security in place.

Duval County is already making some changes that students and parents will see when school resumes in January.

Students in Duval public schools currently are on Christmas break.

Superintendent Nicholai Vitti says one noticeable change will be at elementary schools that until now had no visible security.

"Our security officers will rotate to elementary schools so they will be visiting elementary schools more frequently just stopping and making sure everything is fine," said Vitti who has been reviewing security procedures.

Until now only middle and high schools had district security staff on their campuses.

Vitti says staff is also planning training to refresh all personnel of procedures in place.  He says that will happen in January as well.

The new superintendent also is asking staff to be more observant in identifying students who demonstrate behavioral problems.  Vitti says he doesn't want those students to fly under the radar, but instead get help from staff.

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