Enhanced Police Presence Planned At Canton Schools On Monday

Police will be a visible presence at town schools on Monday in order to bolster security in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown on Dec. 14, Superintendent of Schools Kevin Case said on Sunday.

On Monday morning, police vehicles were present at Canton High School as well as Canton Intermediate School.

"Police are a visible presence throughout the year but will be especially so next week," Case said in an interview. He said is working with the police department on the enhanced presence, which will include having cruisers parked in front of the three school buildings and officers inside the buildings.

Case said the district's existing safety procedures will also remain in place.

In an email sent to parents on Saturday, Case urged them to maintain as normal routine for children as possible and said that would help them feel safe and secure. He said school counselors and other support staff would be available at the schools to help students having difficulty coping with their emotions. Parents who think their child needs special help should contact the principal of their school or go to the district's central office.

"The unfathomable vicious act that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown has affected all of us. On Monday, counselors and support staff will be available at each of our schools to assist our students in dealing with this tragedy. The National Association of School Psychologists recommends that parents and teachers work with their children to maintain and/or return to a normal daily routine as soon as possible. This helps establish a sense of calm and predictability which is important for a child to feel safe and secure," Case said in his email to parents.

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