With new school year, a new focus on security

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Elementary school students across the region will find tighter security this fall, ranging from new surveillance cameras to locked doors, as school districts rethink the safety of their youngest students, following the shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Of 20 school districts surveyed in Greater Boston, 19 have added new security equipment, procedures, or both, since a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 students and six educators.

In Salem, all schools are getting panic buttons, so staff will have a direct line to police in case of emergency; in Walpole, all elementary schools will get six security cameras each; and in Groton-Dunstable, staff will be trained in a wider array of responses in case a gunman enters a school.

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