PHOENIX - After Wednesday's deadly Florida school shooting, Valley educators are trying to reassure parents about security on their campuses.
Some districts, including Chandler Unified, Mesa Unified and Kyrene Schools, sent letters home to parents, detailing recent projects to prevent a campus attack. Kyrene's superintendent also gave parents advice on how to address their children's fears.
Phoenix Union High School District invited ABC15 to a campus to see how crews are replacing classroom door locks, so teachers can secure their doors without stepping into the hallway. Administrators say the cost to change out 3,000 locks is about $600,000.
"It's something that our teachers have asked about, and we're responding," said district spokesman Craig Pletenik. "We think it's the right thing to do."
Phoenix Union also reduces the entry points on campuses for security. They require students and staff to wear badges, and they have armed police officers at the schools.
Other school districts also told ABC15 how they protect kids from threats on campus.
Mesa Unified School District:
Discussion today centered around our protocol for fire alarms during lockdowns. If the fire alarm is activated, remain in lock-down until directed by Law Enforcement, due to the fact it could have been activated by a hostile.
Using local taxpayer bond authorization, Mesa Public Schools has recently focused on securing our elementary campuses through exterior fencing, front office redesign and a visitor registration system. We also plan to add additional cameras, electric locks for front office doors and increased signage.
Deer Valley Unified School District:
This summer we plan to make improvements to perimeter fencing at select schools.
Our previous improvements included among other things: installing bullet-resistance glass and limiting entrance onto school property with buzz doors in school front offices.