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Somerville Schools Reviewing Safety Procedures in Wake of Newtown Shooting

Teachers will support students who have questions about the tragedy. Security, schedules and routines remain normal.

Teachers and staff in Somerville's public schools are reviewing safety procedures and protocols in the wake of Friday's elementary-school shooting in Connecticut, according to Susana Hernandez Morgan, a spokesperson for Somerville Public Schools.

Morgan said Somerville's schools—its eight elementary schools and high school—reevaluate safety procedures on an annual basis, and this week teachers and staff are studying those procedures.

The school system, which has a "supportive relationship" with the Somerville police and fire departments, has not increased security in the wake of the shooting, Morgan said. Some communities in the region, such as Medford, have done so.

Teachers are serving as a resource for students who have questions about the shooting, and staff from the district's central administrative office are at all schools to supply additional support, Morgan said.

She said in the wake of such a tragic event "it's important to help students maintain their normal school structure."

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