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There is an increased police presence at all Cheshire Public Schools this morning following the tragedy that occurred Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Cheshire Police Chief Neil Dryfe said there is a uniformed officer at every school this morning, Dec. 17. Officers will also be visible when students are dismissed this afternoon. Cheshire Police Lt. James Fasano said that, following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six adults were killed, it was important to reassure Cheshire students, families, and staff that officers are in the area.
“We will continue with the increased police presence as needed,” Fasano said.
Dryfe, who was out at Doolittle School Monday morning, said students and parents seemed reassured to see officers in the area. He noted that some wished him good morning, while others said “thank you” for being there.
Dryfe planned to speak with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio later today to determine a course of action for the remainder of the week. Cheshire Schools are off for holiday break following Friday. Dryfe said the department would support “the Board of Education and students as much as we can.”