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School starts for many North Texans

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DALLAS -

It's back to school this morning for thousands of kids across North Texas.

Monday is the first day of class in most districts including Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Garland and Plano. And many of those districts will begin the year with extra security in the wake of the school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Volunteers wearing Code Blue vests will patrol 10 Fort Worth elementary schools to add another layer of protection. They do not carry guns, but do go through extensive training with the police department.

Dallas has spent more than $4 million on security upgrades. Visitors to elementary schools will be screened using cameras at the front doors.

In Southlake, armed police officers will be at all 11 Carroll ISD campuses. And Plano ISD installed panic buttons at elementary and early childhood schools. The district also hired off-duty police officers to patrol campus.

The first day of school also means drivers will want to pay more attention around campuses. That means no speeding and no hand-held cell phones in school zones.

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