Tampa Bay school districts react to Texas school shooting

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – School districts across Tampa Bay are responding to a deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

The mass shooting at Robb Elementary School claimed the lives of at least 19 children and two teachers.

Several precautions will be in place at Polk County Public Schools during the final few days of the school year.

County leaders delivered the following message in the wake of Tuesday’s massacre:

Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, May 25), all PCPS schools will not be allowed backpacks for the remainder of the current school year.

Students’ last day of school is Friday, May 27.

For the remainder of this week, students may carry bags no larger than a small purse. Lunch boxes will still be allowed.

This is simply a precaution. Schools take extra security measures during the last days of the school year, when it’s no longer necessary for students to carry backpacks or large purses.

If you feel that your child needs accommodations regarding this change, please contact your school administrator.

We wish you a pleasant summer, and we look forward to seeing you and your child again next school year. Thank you.

Hillsborough County Executive Addison Davis responded to the shooting on Twitter saying:

Enough is enough. We must stand in solidarity with the community in Texas, where unimaginable evil has claimed the lives of innocent children and employees today. Schools must be safe places for our students and staff. Our hearts are with the victims and their family members.

In Pasco County, Superintendent Kurt Browning posted the following on Twitter:

Supt Kurt Browning: The news of the Texas school shooting is truly astounding. Our hearts go out to the victims and families affected by this tragedy. All SROs, security guards and staff will be focused on keeping students and staff safe on the last day of the school year tomorrow.

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