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Richland Schools are tightening up security on the district's campuses.

Superintendent Dr. Shelley Redinger sent a message regarding school safety to families of the district stating that safety is the top priority. Immediate actions are being taken to strengthen the security of all the schools in the district.

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According to the message posted on the district's website:

Our thoughts are with the community of Uvalde, Texas struggling with the senseless violence that occurred at Robb Elementary on May 24.

All elementary and middle schools will have their front entrances locked during the school day with visitors required to call in to enter. High schools will reduce the number of unlocked exterior entrances. Entrances needed for passing periods will have increased monitoring.

District leaders maintain close relationships with law enforcement and emergency response agencies and we are working with them to increase police officer presence at our schools along with our security staff.

A number of safety protocols are already in place, including:

Exterior cameras are installed at elementary schools and exterior and interior cameras at our middle and high schools.

Alarm systems and badge access in place for non-primary entrances at schools.
School resource officers (SROs) and district security staff are on the campuses of Hanford and Richland High schools.

Regular drills are held for staff and students to be prepared for threats.

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While your children may be struggling with the news out of Texas, Redinger posted a link for assistance with coping.

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