Local districts on Monday responded in varying ways to the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

Some students arrived in green and white - Sandy Hook's school colors. Superintendents asked area police to have a closer presence near their schools. And nearly all local administrators were reviewing their emergency management plans.

"We're being as proactive as we can be while maintaining a sense of normalcy for students," said Ron Dyer, superintendent of the Dallastown Area School District.

Dallastown is responding to events in Connecticut the way it responded to the "horrific" shooting at an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County in 2006, he said. Counselors are available to students and security is available at the district's secondary campus.

In the Central York School District, Springettsbury Township police will "make their presence known" at all school buildings in the township this week during arrival and dismissal times, spokeswoman Julie Romig said.

"We're glad to have the extra protection and reassurance for parents," she said.

High school students and faculty also dressed in green and white Monday to show their support for victims in Connecticut, Romig said.

Students in the Dover Area School District would not be hosting a green and white day, said Superintendent Robert Krantz.

"We're trying to keep things as normal as possible," he said.

He was in touch with administrators all weekend, reviewing school safety, and responded to "numerous" emails from concerned parents, Krantz said.


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Eric Eshbach, superintendent of Northern York County School District, said he also spent the weekend communicating with parents and building principals.

He spent Monday meeting with staff, reviewing the district's safety policies and procedures.

The district recently conducted a security audit of all its buildings and made changes as necessary to make sure the school infrastructure was safe and secure, he said.

"We continue to offer our condolences to those affected by tragedy while offering reassurances to our families in the district," Eshbach said.

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.