ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Images of scared little faces running out of Sandy Hook Elementary School are forever burned in our minds. In an effort to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again, school districts all over the state are reviewing their security policies.
Dr. Joe Joyner, Superintendent of St. Johns County Schools, sat down with the Sheriff's Office, Fire Rescue, and the St. Augustine police Tuesday, to see if school lockdown and evacuation procedures are are strong as they can be.
Dr. Joyner said they, "Updated our communication protocols, who to call, who to talk to, who's in charge here and there." He added, "Obviously today, the active shooter scenario was top of the agenda because of what happened in Connecticut. And we do have those drills regularly."
They're planning for every possible scenario, from bomb threats to an intruder on campus. Dr. Joyner says it isn't easy, but it's something that must be done in this day and age.
"For us, this is very, very tough to deal with. We're going to continue to do everything we can to keep our children safe," he said.
While no major policy changes were made, parents will notice an increased police presence at the county's 34 schools this week. Joyner says he hopes that will give parents some peace of mind.