Students in the Princeton Independent School District returned to school on Tuesday, Jan. 8, after the Christmas break. The previous day, an open letter was sent to parents from Princeton Independent School District superintendent Philip Anthony. Below is the text of the letter.

Princeton ISD community,

In light of the recent shooting in Connecticut, I know the safety of your children is first and foremost on your mind. I would like to assure you that Princeton ISD will take all necessary steps to keep our schools and your children as safe and secure as possible. We currently meet all state emergency procedures. Security audits have been performed and crisis management procedures are in place. Security vestibules are on all elementary campuses, and main entries are monitored on secondary campuses, with all other doorways remaining locked. Princeton ISD and the City of Princeton jointly provide a school resource officer for the district.

In addition to our current procedures, I have met with our senior level administrative team and with the chief of police to discuss additional safety measures. Chief James Waters will be working with the mayor and city council, and we will be discussing our safety procedures at the January school board meeting. As always, I welcome your suggestions on this issue.

Philip Anthony


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