CENTRAL FLORIDA - Students in six central Florida counties headed back to class Monday.
Many students noticed some extra security at school.
Security was heightened for the first day of school, and WFTV found out some new policies will be in place to keep students safer.
"I think that's good. I think it's necessary given the state of the world. So, it's great," said parent Maria Teimouri.
WFTV was at Glenridge Middle School Monday. Last semester, the school was placed on lockdown twice for gun scares. One incident was after police found a loaded gun clip in a garbage can in May.
The other was two months prior to that when a 12-year-old student brought two guns to school.
"The communication system with the administration and the staff, so the two incidents we've had we've kept the kids calm. I think it's a good thing they're very proactive," said parent Susan Errecalde.
In Orange County, school buses rolled out for the first day back to class.
"Some of our drivers are already getting their buses prepped and
ready. It's the first day of school. We want to make sure everything is good to go," said Jim Beekman of OCPS Transportation.
There were improvements in security at Orange County school campuses. WFTV also found out school resource officers will be more visible this year, and each student is warned that they could be searched.
The district will pick schools at random for metal detector screenings; a different school every day.
Only three top administrators will know in advance which is next.
"I think kids are safer than before Sandy Hook, but I would never stand here and say we can be 100 percent sure that nothing will ever happen," said Orange County School Board Chair Bill Sublette.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings announced a zero tolerance policy for school zones, promising his deputies would be out in force to watch for anyone speeding or passing a stopped school bus.
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