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Schools plan for Monday

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Classes will resume Monday at schools across the country, but not without many parents and students concerned about safety.

"When you heard of this incident you wanted to go home and hug your kid," said Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf.

But the weekend is over and now attention is turning to Monday and a new week of school.

Districts all across Kentuckiana are dealing with the mass shooting in Connecticut and are working to make sure schools are safe.

"First thing parents want to do is hug their kids and never let go and we want to make them feel safe that come Monday our schools in Jeffersontown are safe," said Mayor Dieruf.

Many area schools will be beefing up security Monday.

"We have our officers get out and walk throughout all seven of our schools in Jeffersontown on a pretty regular basis. We have a full time resource officer at the high school, but we want to do something just a little bit more to try to bring comfort to the parents of this community that their children are safe," said Jeffersontown Police Chief Richard Sanders.

The attention isn't just on Monday. Friday is also a day that's picking up steam, but not because it's the first day of Winter. There's a belief out there that 12-21-12 is the day the world as we know it will end, and that's also a concern for area schools.

"We've had a lot of discussion about the end of the world and the Mayan calendar situation that's been well publicized and students are discussing it which is perpetuating rumors that something bad will happen on 12-21," said Bullitt Central High School Principal Christy Coulter.

She and her staff are also working to make sure her school will be safe for this final week of classes in 2012.

"We're informing parents to have discussions about it and to let them know that school is safe, we're open for business, but all threats or anything will be treated seriously," Coulter said.

Many area districts say they in addition to security concerns, they'll also have extra counselors on hand to help students deal with Friday's events.

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