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Chicago principals review safety plans, suburban schools step up security

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CPS' security measures are coordinated with police and fire departments throughout the year. Counselors were added that team to answer any questions kids might have on Monday.

The nation's third largest school district is reiterated its existing safety and emergency management plans to keep more than 400,000 students safe.

SEE: CPS security measures under review following Conn. shooting

School officials said the frequency of school shootings has caused the district to continuously hone its safety strategies to prevent and respond to these types of tragedies.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked every school principal to review security measures and remind parents to be cooperative and vigilant on school grounds.

Under the guidelines, all doors should be secured. Visitors must go to the main doors and sign in. Staff should feel comfortable questioning visitors. Security officers should use perimeter search and walk down procedures.

School officials say CPS schools have been vigilant in preparing for all manner of emergencies, holding drills for tornadoes, fires and lockdowns situations, which would cover a school shooting.

The parents at Walter Payton College Prep High School said they are confident about school security. But some admit they had anxiety following the shootings in Connecticut, which claimed the lives of 28 people, including the gunman.

School officials say the frequency of school shootings has caused the district to continuously hone its safety strategies to prevent and respond to these types of tragedies.

A CPS safety officer says police and counselors will be deployed to schools as needed.

School officials say CPS schools have been vigilant in preparing for all manner of emergencies, holding drills for tornadoes, fires and lockdowns situations, which would cover a school shooting.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has sent shockwaves from Newtown, Conn. to across the country, including here in Illinois.

Police in west suburban Riverside will be at schools this week to address safety concerns in light of last week's massacre, which killed 20 students and eight adults.

District 96 want to reassure parents that their children will be protected at school. Officials said they've received many calls from concerned parents whose children are students at Riverside elementary schools.

"We want to assure the public, the children especially, and we want to assure parents that we care for the kids," a Riverside lieutenant said, "and they should feel safe in their community."

Parents should know there are policies and procedures in place for incidents like the Sandy Hook tragedy, so that they are prepared, should anything like that happen at an Illinois school.

Riverside Village President Michael Gorman said parents should feel comforted knowing that officers are close by and have emergency plans in place for all kinds of scenarios, as kids return to school Monday.

In Mundelein, schools are doing the same thing. Parents picked up their kids and saw some of the uniformed police officers there on Friday.

The Mundelein school district reminded their staff to review their crisis training, and to always be vigilant and reminding communities that they can never have that philosophy of "it can't happen here." They said the public must always be on guard and realize anything can happen at any time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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