Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims and the families of those affected by the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. I have been in touch with the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools and the Chief of the Transit Police. Although there is no connection to the Boston area, the shooting is disturbing. Accordingly, we will be increasing uniformed police patrols in and around schools over the next several days.
Alex Tambascio  reports the extra coverage includes parochial schools, such as Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury, where his son goes:
My son's school had the police deployed there and being very diligent.
In contrast, Sarah  reports from Brookline:
My son's Brookline school was wide open at pick up today. No locked doors, no checking who's entering. As it is every day.
K. Beal  reports the same open-door policy in Cambridge.
CC Chapman  reports on meeting his kids at their bus stop this afternoon:
Good to see the bus pulling up. Be smart. Be Safe. Show compassion and love to those around you.
Hearing the laughs and giggles of the neighborhood kids getting home from school. Breaks my heart and fills me with joy at same time.
Advice to parents that as you hug your kids, immediately tell them everyone is ok. I scared my kids because they knew something was wrong.