Cuyahoga Falls School District Superintendent announces collaborative safety efforts with city

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Students and parents in the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools may have noticed more police officers when they returned from holiday break today.

That’s part of an effort by city and school officials to collaborate on measures “to prevent and react to any emergency situation,” said Falls School District Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols.

Nichols said that during the holiday break, he and his administrative team met with members of the city’s police and fire departments to review the city’s and the school district’s crisis plans.

“As a result of the meeting, you may notice an increased presence of safety service officers in and about our schools,” said Nichols in an AlertNow phone message to district parents Sunday. “You may also encounter hosts in our buildings who will be monitoring hallway activity and you may notice more restricted access to our buildings during the school day. Our external efforts are aimed at providing a sense of calm and a sense of partnership with our community.”

Additionally, Nichols noted internal actions have included the addition of monitoring devices, the training of staff on preventing and reacting to emergency situations, and on “the identification of individuals who may be at risk for violent behavior.”

Shortly after the shooting deaths at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. last month, Nichols told the Falls News-Press that district officials had met with safety officials and were planning to have more meetings in the coming weeks.

Nichols said if community members have any concerns about school security and safety, they are encouraged to call the district’s help line at 1-866-427-9258.

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