Tulsa Public Schools reacted to the school shooting in Connecticut.
TPS police chief Gary Ruddick says they sent notifications to principals to be aware that many parents would be stressed and anxious and t let them know of any incidents.
Ruddick says TPS elementary schools are equipped with electronic systems on doors and surveillance cameras, but do not have the same police presence as is common at middle and high schools in the district.
Ruddick said campus officers can quickly get from the high schools to the elementary schools if needed. He also said the district uses a system to keep parents informed.
TPS Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard said his heart goes out to the people of Newtown. TPS encouraged parents to talk to their children about this incident by providing honest information, but also limiting their exposure to coverage.
In Tulsa, Jenks Public School officials say security is heightened and will continue to be as the situation warrants.
They released this statement:
There has been a school shooting in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. In response, we are asking you to be extremely vigilant in following our established safety policies and procedures. Additionally, there will an increased police presence at our campuses. Remember, if you see something, say something. As always, our first priority is the safety of our students, staff, and patrons.
We expect the school day to continue as usual. However, because we have already received calls and we understand the concern of parents, the following PowerAnnouncement was sent to all parents by Dr. Lehman:
'This is Kirby Lehman, superintendent of Jenks Public Schools. In response to today's events in Newtown, Connecticut, we are taking a moment to reassure our parents of the safety procedures we have in place in Jenks Public Schools. We will have an increased presence of Campus police at our school campuses. All Jenks Public Schools have routine drills to prepare staff and students for emergencies. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the community of Newtown, Connecticut.'
As always, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority."