ROCKINGHAM COUNTY -- It has been a little more than seven months since a gunman entered an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. killing more than a dozen students and six educators.
"It actually just made me more passionate about going into this field," said Mary Roy, a new third grade teacher.
"They are emergency preparedness folders which would have all the emergency information we would need for any type of scenario whether it be natural or man-made or anything," said Justin King, describing a training that all new teachers receives.
"I first and foremost want to make sure that the kids are learning and are in a fun and safe environment," said Roy.
Rockingham County Public Schools are one step closer to achieving safer schools with newly installed doors.
"The secure vestibules make it so that once the school day starts anybody that enters the building or the school would have to go through the vestibule and into the office," said Steven Reid, the Director of Maintenance with Rockingham Public Schools.
They prevent anyone from opening school doors without approval. Rockingham County Public Schools also added a few new cameras to detect intruders. That was a recommendation from a safety task force.
For new teachers like Roy and King, keeping kids safe and helping them learn will go hand in hand.
All Rockingham County Public schools will begin on August 20. The newly installed secure doorways inside all 24 Rockingham County public schools cost more than one million dollars.
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