The Bronxville School District now has security guards in place while children are at school during the day. The guards are from the security company Securitas. Usually the Securitas guards are at the school in the evening, beginning at 4 p.m. and on the weekends. But in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, there are now two guards at the Bronxville schools during the morning and the afternoon. The increase in security guards from Securitas began yesterday.
"The risk to Bronxville has not necessarily increased, but the concern in some people has risen. So we're trying to make sure that our students and their parents feel that the school is safe and that we're paying attention to these issues," said Bronxville Superintendent David Quattrone.
In addition to the increased security patrol, Bronxville Police have also increased their presence around the schools.
"We've been talking everyday with the police chief and asked them the play a low-key role in increasing their presence, in the school especially," said Quattrone. "Last Friday there were some police cars parked in front of the school and the side of the school. Monday morning, the police chief was over here, standing near the elementary entrance, greeting people—trying to make people feel more comfortable."
Superintendent Quatrrone says he sent a note home to parents telling them that the police are not there because there is any specific problem. Instead, they are there as a precaution, in addition to being there for reassurance.
Bronxville school officials say that the increased police and security presence will remain through the rest of the week.