JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Students in Duval County returned to school on Monday with elementary schools starting to see school police officers stopping in as an additional security precaution.
The district made the change following the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Over the holiday break, school superintendents across Florida drafted a letter requesting the legislature to consider helping fund more security for elementary schools.
Duval County superintendent Nikolai Vitti said locally, a district police force makes it easier to cover elementary schools, but he supports any financial help.
"I added my support to the letter," said Vitti, talking to reporters about security changes at elementary schools.
Vitti said it is now in the hands of the legislature to see if more help is available.
The superintendent said the change locally will have school police officers assigned to middle and high schools making random visits to neighboring elementary schools.
Next week, he said school principals will be getting updated on current security plans in place so everyone is on the same page on what is expected.
First Coast News