What will you tell the kids?

Motoko Rich

In Boston, the public schools had asked the police to step up visits to elementary schools throughout the day on Monday.

Principals in New York City were encouraged to review safety measures, which include posting security officers in lobbies and requiring identification from all visitors.

The Chicago school district urged principals to conduct lockdown drills for students. Parents, teachers and school administrators in Newtown, Connecticut, confront the most immediate and raw tasks of helping children respond to the horrifying killings of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday. But across the nation, as schools prepared to resume on Monday, officials and parents spent the weekend worrying as to how best to discourage it from happening again.

Tom Boasberg, the superintendent of schools in Denver, said he had not yet determined whether to ramp up drills. "When you read the story of what happened at Sandy Hook, you realise, 'Holy cow, they did a lot of things right,'" he said.

As in Newtown, Boasberg said, many Denver schools already have intercoms, buzzers and surveillance cameras mounted at their primary doors. School officials in Newtown have announced that students from Sandy Hook Elementary would be relocated indefinitely to an unused school in a neighbouring town.

Parents and school leaders were concerned about how to help children talk about their emotions or deal with questions that nobody will be able to answer. In the Sandy Hook firehouse, Rashi Ray was one of the lucky ones. She flew to her 7-year-old son, shaken with fear from the long wait and almost trembling with joy at the sight of him. At home, her son, Saahil, napped, something he had not done since he was a toddler. Ray let him sleep, knowing there was worse to come. What would she tell him about his principal, his friends, his school?

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