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Board of Ed. Takes on Hauppauge School Security

Officials are reviewing safety policies and tightening practices on all grade levels.

The Hauppauge School District is working to tighten security across its schools to ensure a more secure environment after the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., officials assured parents at a Board of Education meeting Tuesday.

"We immediately met that Monday morning. The entire administrative team got together and reviewed our own emergency management plans within the district and tried to tighten up certain things," Superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss said.

Changes on the elementary level include keeping the doors to the fields closed during recess. In the past, the doors were left open so that children and aides could come in and out.

At the high school, officials are looking to tighten security at the back of the building and loading dock area.

Emergency polices within classrooms have also been reviewed and revised. However, those details were not shared at the meeting as to avoid jeopardizing the nature of the security plans, the superintendent explained.

The Board of Education's safety committee will meet again next week to conduct another review of the district's emergency management report.

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