Measures taken by law enforcement to secure schools

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Florida. – Students in St. Johns County return to class on Wednesday and like parents in all other school districts in the region – school safety is a priority for parents.

Admit it, going back to school is supposed to be a time for taking pictures of your kids as they put on a new outfit and carry that new backpack. Talk about their new teachers. But these days, innocence is gone.

When each of us hugs and kisses our children goodbye, there is this nagging concern for their safety because of what has been said in the news about school shootings. You can’t shake it. You cannot ignore it. This is the reality of a parent. But you can’t let the kids know you’re worried. You have just reassured them that they will be safe.

Working through the summer to keep schools safe as students prepare to return to class is what St. Johns County Sheriff Rob Hardwick and other law enforcement officials and student safety officials did.

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“We spent the whole summer actually with our youth resource division,” Hardwick said. “In fact, we are finishing training right now. Just yesterday, we met with our school staff in each school. »

“We’re ready to get back to business and get those kids back in the seats and back to some normality here in St Johns County and across the country,” Hardwick said.

Securing a single point of entry has been a priority in virtually every district. Each school was visited one by one.

“One thing is that we own that,” Hardwick said. “It’s a partnership between the schools, our parents, our community and the staff. We had a lot of training at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with St. Johns County Schools. We are ready for the opening of the school on Wednesday.

Sheriff Hardwick said he’s not being cliché, but he wants to remind everyone “if you see something, say something.”

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