In response to the tragic events in Newtown, Ct. last week, the Coventry School Department and Coventry Police Department have been involved in planning a response to a potential incident in our community. The initial steps of reviewing response plans and increasing police presence at our public schools began early in the week and culminated this afternoon with a meeting between town, school and police officials.
A direct result of this meeting was the formation of a school safety committee comprised of school, police and fire officials tasked with identifying vulnerabilities within school facilities and response plans. The committee will provide workable remedies to identified issues. Committee meetings will commence as early as next week.
Town Council President Gary Cote and Manager Tom Hoover were in attendance at the meeting and authorized the positioning of police personnel at each of the Town’s elementary schools beginning December 21st until further notice. This action will coincide with the presence of one school resource officer currently assigned to the Coventry High School and the pending installation of a resource officer at the Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School. An officer has also been made available to Father John V. Doyle School if they wish.