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Schools Exercise Caution in Week after Connecticut Shootings

Posted: Updated: Dec 21, 2012 07:10 PM EST

Administrators and child psychology experts continue to manage the messages they're sharing with students in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Charlottesville teachers say right now they're sticking to their normal routines to keep things as normal as possible for students while they take every measure to make sure schools are safe.

Luella Anderson, a kindergarten teacher at Greenbrier Elementary School, says she is loving every minute with her students this week.

"Of course we are always loving, but we've expressed more love to them this week. I couldn't wait for Monday morning to get here so that I could see them," she said.

Monday morning, students walked through the doors at Greenbrier Elementary School for the first time after the Connecticut shooting rattled the nation. To get ready for this week, teachers met with their principal and guidance counselor to review safety procedures.

Maintenance staff has checked all the exterior and interior doors to make sure locks are in working order, and teachers have kept students in their normal routines.

"In events like this, routine is key for kids," said Adriane Butler, a guidance counselor at Greenbrier Elementary School.

Butler says very few students have come to her expressing anxiety about the shooting.

"And we always share with the kids if there is an emergency to listen to their teacher and to follow their teacher's directions and if kids do come to us, we also contact their parents so that their parents are aware that their child is expressing anxiety about the situation," she said.

Teachers are taking extra care to show their students they are loved and safe.

"I'm happy for the holidays but actually I can't wait ‘til January 7 to come back," Anderson said.

Albemarle County schools also took measures to ensure schools were safe. Earlier this week rumors had been floating around about school safety at Albemarle High School. Friday, extra police kept an eye on the school to make sure everyone was safe heading into winter break.

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