Tampa, Florida -- More deputies and more police officers are what kids and parents will see around schools in Hillsborough County on Monday.
Law enforcement officers will be patrolling all of the elementary schools in the county. They'll also be on campus at middle and high schools.
The school district's staff says they want to reassure parents and their children that their safety is a top priority.
A Tampa Police Department spokesperson said the agency wants to provide parents with peace of mind in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Members of TPD's Traffic Squad, Marine Patrol, K-9, and Special Incident Management Unit -- which typically handles large-scale events -- will patrol schools for the entire week of classes.
The department said it will also contact all City of Tampa schools to determine if refresher training or updated site surveys are needed to improve safety measures.
Deputies and officers will be in service both in uniform and in plain clothing, patrolling every day this week.
The district has not said whether the increased security presence will continue after that.
Sunday afternoon, Superintendent MaryEllen Elia sent out automated phone messages to staff and parents, telling them about plans for school on Monday.
Schools in Pasco County will also have an increased presence from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
However, a spokeswoman from Pinellas County Schools told the Tampa Bay Times their district will not be stepping up law enforcement on its campuses.
They will still have their normal security footprint in place, and the spokeswoman told the Times that they've empowered their principals to decide school-by-school what they need.
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