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Schools Taking Security Precautions

In a note to parents this week, administrators at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Simsbury asked they assemble an overnight bag containing, among other essentials: a small blanket, snack and note from Mommy or Daddy. The bag, to be tucked inside student lockers, are meant to provide comfort should some unforeseen development require the school to be locked down and children kept overnight. The measure is just one of dozens being taken by school districts in preparation for whatever the war with Iraq may bring. Field trips are being canceled and contingency plans reviewed as administrators decide how best to handle everything from potential terrorism to nonstop images of the fighting on TV. “We’re at the point where none of us can predict how these events will touch our children and our own lives,” Wayne Sweeney, superintendent of schools in Orange, said Thursday. The Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendents, which regularly issues advisories to its 158 members, sent one Tuesday urging superintendents to review security plans and protocols with police, fire and health officials. At the same time, they should be cognizant of the political rights, national origin and religion of students, and what to say to parents. Full Story

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