In the wake of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Blair County's largest school district has made immediate adjustments to its security procedures.
The new security measures are not meant to alarm students or parents but to ensure students' safety, Altoona Area School District spokeswoman Paula Foreman said Wednesday in a news release.
District administrators met with representatives from the Altoona Fire Department, Altoona Police Department, Blair County Emergency Management Agency and Logan Township Police Department on Tuesday to review safety plans and procedures, the release stated.
As a result of the security review, Logan Township and Altoona police will include elementary schools within their jurisdiction into their daily patrols, and officers will periodically make themselves visible in the schools.
The district's Police Services Department will also make periodic visits to all elementary schools.
Physical security enhancements will be added to school buildings as identified, the release stated.