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updated: 12/16/2012 5:56 PM

CPS officials rely on existing safety plans

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Associated Press

Chicago Public Schools officials say no additional safety procedures will take effect Monday when students return to their classrooms after a deadly school shooting in Connecticut claimed the lives of 26 people.

The nation's third largest school district is relying on existing safety and emergency management plans to keep more than 400,000 students safe.

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School officials say the frequency of school shootings has caused the district to continuously hone its safety strategies to prevent and respond to these types of tragedies.

CPS staff member have also been encouraged to review their individual emergency plans and safety protocol.

Police and counselors will be deployed to schools as needed.

School officials say CPS schools have been vigilant in conducting drills for tornado, fire and lockdown situations, which would cover a school shooting.

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