HONOLULU -- The Hawaii State Department of Education Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Branch, met with Honolulu Police Department officials recently to review security procedures for the state's public schools.

The meeting with law enforcement was prompted following the shooting at the Connecticut school that killed 20 students and seven adults.

"All of Hawaii's public schools have emergency procedures in place, and today our teams revisited those procedures with a heightened awareness," stated Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. "While this tragedy is incomprehensible, all of our schools have counseling services available for students, parents and teachers who may need them."

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii is taking additional steps to ensure the safety of schoolchildren attending Army schools.

"We are also having an Army school planning committee meeting on Jan. 23," said Wendy Nakasone, Army School Liaison Officer. "We will discuss this issue at that time. The principals, garrison commander and directorates of Emergency Services and Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security will all be at this meeting."

If parents or students need counseling services during this time, they should contact the pertinent school or the DOE for assistance at (808) 586-3232.

(Editor's note: Information from Department of Education press releases was used in this article.)