The kids of Hillsborough County go back to school tomorrow, after enjoying a much needed Winter break. Parents of Hillsborough County students should have received a call from Hillsborough County School superintendent MaryEllen Elia, on Sunday Jan. 6, 2013.
The brief call from Elia reminded parents of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary and the impact it has had on the Hillsborough County School District.
The highlight of the call was that Elia thanked law enforcement for their diligence in keeping our children safe.
On December 16th, Elia issued this statement shortly after the disturbing shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.:
The Superintendent has been in contact with Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee and Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, and they are planning to have a greater law enforcement presence at our schools – especially our elementary schools – on Monday. School security forces will do the same. Also, the head of psychological services has been sharing tips with principals and has made plans for school psychologists to be ready to respond, if necessary. We can provide the media with an mp3 version of the phone recordings later today.
According to MyFoxTampaBay.com, 91 schools in unincorporated Hillsborough County will have deputies in place after the winter break. Additionally, it is reported that 142 Hillsborough County Elementary Schools will see an increase in police presence for the rest of the year.
Hillsborough County has a total of 142 elementary schools, 45 middle schools, 27 high schools and dozens of charter schools as well as ancillary sites across the county.