Students and parents may notice some new security measures in place when they return to Hop Brook Elementary School in Naugatuck.
Over the summer, the district took steps to make sure the school would be both secure and safe, which included adding extra cameras and make sure doors were secure.
Last fall, Naugatuck got a $460,000 state grant which allowed the school district to upgrade its security measures.
The changes come after two knives made their way into the kindergarten through fourth-grade school last spring. One of those was brought in by a student who was disciplined for the incident.
In addition, police will be making more frequent visits to the school and doing periodic checks of the building throughout the year, making sure students are aware of their presence.
"I've heard new alarms, new security with the doors, new cameras in the hallways which is reassuring," said parent Cindy Ramadanov, who said her son was excited to see all of his friends at school and meet his new teacher.
The school also installed a box in the main office where students or anyone else can anonymously drop a note to report any situation.
"It makes me feel better. We weren't really aware last year, but we know the kids are safe and all of the teachers here are great," Ramadanov added.
School officials are also asking parents to do their part, including checking their child's backpack daily to make sure they are not bringing any items they should not have into the school.
"It made me feel better when I got that letter, much better," said parent Erika D'Angelo. "You can see every inch of the school with the new cameras, you need to be buzzed in, all the new policies."
Naugatuck students return for the school year on Wednesday.
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