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Denver schools try to ease parents’ concerns about security

DENVER — It has been a gut-wrenching couple of days in this country, and now many Colorado parents want to know what local school districts are doing to keep their kids safe.

James Freelong dropped his six-year-old daughter off at her Denver elementary school Monday morning, but he was hesitant.

“I felt very scared,” he said. “It took me about 45 minutes to leave the school this morning.”

James was so emotional and uneasy, that he picked his daughter up early. But the Denver schools superintendent wants families to feel safe.

District security officers were more visible Monday. “We are going to be going on patrols and make sure they are visible at schools and entry ways to schools,” Superintendent Tom Boasberg said.

Thanks to passage of a bond issue, the district will start to implement an access card program, and increase the number of security cameras starting next year.

Some Colorado schools are already pretty high tech.

Westminster High School opened in 2010. It has dozens of security cameras.  Alerts sound if a door is left open, and the door locks are electronically controlled.

So in case of an emergency part of the school or all of the school can be locked down quickly and easily.

But there are lots of older schools in our state. As parents deal with their fears, school districts are dealing with “what ifs.”