RENO, NV--Washoe County School District Police Officers spent winter break re-examining district security procedures and policies for all types of emergencies.
Schools let out for winter break just one week after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Counselors are still standing by at schools to help any students who need extra support as they return back to school.
"We hope students have enjoyed their break and are ready to resume their hard work," says Superintendent Pedro Martinez.
Making sure students have a safe school to return to is a top priority.
"Security is always our first priority, and we continue to focus on our training exercises, school drills, and a variety of other activities and procedures designed to keep our schools as safe as they possibly can be," says Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras.
Officers will also participate in a regional training exercise the week of January 14th alongside other emergency management agencies to reinforce safety procedures in schools around the area.
"We care deeply for our all children and adults who spend their days in our schools," says Chief Mieras.