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Website ranks Connecticut's safest school districts

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A website that ranks schools released its list of this year's safest school districts. posted 2018's Safest School Districts in Connecticut.

It said it made the list based on a "rigorous analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education" and millions of reviews from both students and parents.

Niche weighed factors like its website user surveys, student expenses, absenteeism, school suspensions, expulsions, law enforcement referrals and school-related arrests.

The rankings for this survey were based on parent and student surveys and data such as absenteeism and referrals to law enforcement

According to the education and neighborhood website “Niche,” Monroe ranked first as the safest, Newtown ranks second after changes it made after the school shooting, and Glastonbury is third.

The school superintendent of Glastonbury, Alan Bookman said “As far as being on a list, that's not the most important thing to us. The most important thing is what did we do and how did we prepare?"

Like many other schools, Glastonbury updated the safety features in their schools after the tragedy at Sandy Hook.

Superintendents like Bookman reviewed security procedures after every tragedy like last week’s school shooting in Florida.

“Quite frankly, educating students right now, in spite of their successes is second priority - and school safety is first,” Bookman said.

These newer security procedures were made possible by state grants and extra town funding.

Bookman spoke about the security procedures saying "If you go to our schools and you want to go in, the doors are locked. There's a buzzer, there's a camera. They're looking at who you are, at what your purpose is."

There is also a security guard greeting students at the front door every morning.

Glastonbury parent Marcia Perel said “It makes me feel better knowing that, but it doesn't take the worry away.”

See the top 15 here.

Check out the complete study here.

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