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AISD addresses security procedure

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Friday evening, Governor Rick Perry sent a letter to the Texas Education Agency asking school districts across the state to review their security procedure.

This shooting has school districts everywhere taking a closer look.

Police officers with AISD say they are discussing what they can learn from the mass shooting in Connecticut.

They also say it's just too soon to announce any changes to safety or security policies.

This time of year Heather Leigh and her son, Wyatt, make a trip to Zilker Park...but this day in the park is a bit stark for her.

"I just told him that some kids got hurt and killed today in another state...there was this ill person who managed to get through their environment," Leigh said.

Despite the violent events at the Connecticut elementary school, Heather still feels her seven year-old is safe.

"When you go to the school, you have to buzz in and they won't unlock the door unless you have an appointment or they know that you're coming," said Leigh.

Captain Christian Evoy, with AISD Police, said, "If they have to evacuate a school, or if there is a lockdown situation, they're gonna know where to go."

AISD police say they are prepared for active shooter situations, despite not having school resource officers on elementary school campuses.

"We do have notification plans. We do have systems in place to get local agencies involved...to notify our staff and our students of the situation," said Evoy.

SRO's are armed and stationed on middle school and high school campuses.

Plus, the only way into a school is through the front door...all the rest are locked.

Tony Ciccone, an Austin parent, said, "I would hope that AISD takes some time to consider their security policies. They know the schools better than anybody here."

No changes yet, but the district's emergency management team is paying attention to what happened in Connecticut to see if any updates need to happen in Austin.

This time of year reminds you to appreciate your loved ones. Leigh is especially grateful to have Wyatt by her side.

Leigh added, "We just feel sorry for the families. It makes you hug them just a little bit tighter."

AISD police are really stressing the importance of everyone paying attention. Staff, parents, teachers and even students should report anyone on school grounds without a pass or who seems suspicious.

AISD officers say they can't release whether or not metal detectors are on any school grounds.

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