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Conn. teachers, officials to discuss school safety

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A panel created after the Newtown school massacre is meeting with teachers, principals, administrators and teachers unions to discuss improving school security.

The School Safety Infrastructure Council was scheduled to hear Thursday evening from education professionals from around Connecticut during a special meeting, to be held at New Britain High School.

The General Assembly charged the council with developing new standards to improve or enhance school safety and security in schools constructed in Connecticut.

Members are examining a variety of measures, including the feasibility of reinforcing entryways, and using ballistic glass, solid core doors, computer-controlled electronic locks and buzzer systems. The group is also looking into using cameras on school grounds to enhance security.

The council must submit its new recommended safety infrastructure standards by Jan. 1.

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