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New Safety Measures Added for New School Year at Denison ISD

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DENISON, TX---- This Monday, thousands of Denison students headed back to school and were greeted by some new additions to school security.

"Security is a big focus," Denison ISD Assistant Superintendent Dr. George Hatfield said.

Dr. Hatfield said last year, the district made several immediate changes to security following the tragedy that happened last December at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

"We revisited our emergency operating procedures and made sure our principals and our staff were up to date on lockdown procedures, bad weather procedures and those kinds of things," Dr. Hatfield said. 

School officials also said Denison police officers began patrolling the district's middle school and high school.

"It's always good when you have officers around school kids or around children, not just for the safety aspect, but also for the relationships that you get to build with these kids," Denison Police Department's Lt. Mike Eppler said.

Dr. Hatfield said while all of these changes made major improvements to the district's security last school year, this year's summer break has given school officials even more time to make some more needed changes.

"We now have controlled entry access at all of our elementary schools," Dr. Hatfield said. "We've started the access controlled fencing at the middle school and the high school and made each building so that there's a lobby area that the parents can get into but they can't get into the actual classroom area without being buzzed in by a secretary, principal or whoever is on duty."